Thinking Bootcamp

We are delighted to run this Integrative Thinking in the Classroom program in collaboration with Pickering College.

This institute provides tools to both broaden student approaches to problem-solving and help them seek out new perspectives when faced with difficult choices - both in and out of the classroom. Participants will see themes of equity, well-being and global competencies to create the conditions for student learning. 

As a participant, you will:

  • Learn the theory and tools of Integrative Thinking that:

    • Help make our thinking explicit

    • Enable creativity through design principles

    • Facilitate better collaboration

  • Explore how you might use integrative thinking in your own classroom and school

  • Collaborate with other educators from across grade levels, subject areas and schools

  • Have an opportunity to create more innovative solutions to your own personal and professional challenges

  • Be inspired by educators who have brought Integrative Thinking to their classrooms

Participants will be both learners and content developers, and will leave the institute with practical ideas for in-class application of Integrative Thinking material.


Playing with a Suite of Tools

In this two-day program, you’ll learn the tools in the Integrative Thinking toolbox by using them and develop ways to use them in the classroom. K-12 educators in the I-Think community will join us throughout the week to share their work and insights. 


Day 2: Bootcamp for Thinking

We think in models, but take action as if they are the only knowable reality. With neuroscience as the basis for understanding how our brains create mental models, the goal of this day is learn tools that can help us make our thinking explicit to ourselves and others. By building the skills to make our thinking explicit, we give ourselves the opportunity to play with our thoughts: expand them, adjust them and make them more robust, which means that we can enable better collaboration and comfort with complexity. Causal modeling and the Ladder of Inference are tools of Integrative Thinking that support building the necessary skills for creative problem solving.

Day 1: Introduction to Integrative Thinking Process

Day One is an introduction to the foundational frameworks and logic behind Integrative Thinking. It is also an opportunity to gain practice exploring the tension between opposing models – to help students move away from simply evaluating options, to working with complex choices where they understand the importance of considering choices and leveraging them.


Beth Grosso teaches the Ladder of Inference in her Grade 4-5 classroom.


Wednesday, August 21st and Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

9:00am - 3:30pm program, light breakfast at 8:30am

Additional 2 check-ins throughout the year led by I-Think Mentors.


Pickering College
16945 Bayview Ave, Newmarket, ON L3Y 4X2

There is free parking onsite.


Fee includes program materials, breakfast, lunch and four mentor check-ins throughout the school year.

  • Early bird fee is $595 + HST until June 30th, 2019

  • Regular fee is $649 + HST

Teams of 5 or more receive a discount.