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November Learner Profile Trait: Thinker

Our SPS Learner Profile trait for the month of November is Thinker. 

Thinkers change the world, and we love nurturing them at Seven Peaks School every day!  Here are some resources you can use at home to nurture your little THINKER too. Enjoy!  

Our SPS Learner Profile trait for the month of November is Thinker. 

Thinkers change the world, and we love nurturing them at Seven Peaks School every day!  Here are some resources you can use at home to nurture your little THINKER too. Enjoy!  

Definition:  Students who are THINKERS work to solve problems independently. They can imagine many solutions to a question or challenge. Thinkers make good decisions and can predict the outcomes of their actions. They think creatively and critically.

How can you help to develop students who are Thinkers at home?

1. When your child asks you how or why, you can answer with, “what do you think?”

2. Let them do things themselves (even if it is hard) - this will help them learn how to solve problems and be resilient.

3. Leave time for unstructured play. Go outside, explore, encourage them to use their imagination

4. Encourage Thinking in Different Ways. When your child is stuck on a problem, suggest other ways of thinking about it. Say, “Let’s think about it in a different way.”

5. Read Books about the Brain, Thinking, Problem-solving, Mistakes, and Perseverance.

To Read more about these “thinker” strategies and access more resources check out the full article here

Read Alouds and More: 

Books are a great way to learn about how to be a thinker.  The Children’s Library Lady has a wonderful Thinker/Problem Solver book list you can find here  *You can also find many of these on youtube as video read- alouds if you don't have ​the actual book. 

Consider using these discussion questions while you read any of the books with your child:

  • Describe the different ways the characters were effective thinkers and problem-solvers

  • Which character was the more creative thinker? Why?

  • How did [character] solve the problem? What strategies did they use?

  • Why do you think [character] was an effective problem solver?

  • Why did [character’s] idea work in the end? Did they think about how their decisions would affect the outcome and other characters?

  • Did [character] make good decisions? Is there anything they could have done differently?

  • Did [character] work independently to solve the problem or did they work collaboratively? Was this the best strategy?

  • Does a thinker have to be brave, risk-taker….?

  • Did their decision making surprise you? Were they creative in their thinking?

  • How did [character’s] way of thinking impact the outcome of the story?

  • How could the [character] have done things differently?

Short Videos:

Short videos can really pack a punch! They are great conversation starters, without too much of a time commitment (great for our busy lives).

Thinker - International School of Dusseldorf

Thinking about your thinking

Good Thinking - That's so meta(cognitive) (good for upper primary)

Solving Problems - Building Resilience with Hunter and Eve

Critical Thinking for Kids (good for the little ones)

Ideas change things - fun video from KidPresident

10 wordless short videos that teach problem solving 

Documentaries/Movies:

Documentaries can be powerful tools to see lives outside of our own.  These are some amazing journeys, topics that are sure to spark discussion, and inspire action. These are great for upper primary and middle school students.

-The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. This film is based on a true story and is so inspiring. It is an excellent example of how thinkers can change the world! *Best for 10 and up 

Podcasts:

Podcasts are a great resource, especially for that drive time.  Why not make the most of your time together by listening to some thought provoking and entertaining narratives.  

Wow in the World “NPR's first show for kids is exactly the sort of engaging, well-produced content you would expect from the leaders in radio and audio series. Hosts Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas exude joy and curiosity while discussing the latest news in science and technology in a way that's enjoyable for kids and informative for grown-ups”. Best for: All ages

Brains On logoBrains On

“Similar to But Why, this is another radio show/podcast that takes kid-submitted science questions and answers them with the help of experts. What makes this one different is it tends to skew a bit older, both in its questions and answers, and it has a different kid co-host each week. The result is a fun show that's as silly as it is educational.” Best for: Kids and tweens

Tumble logoTumble

“Often compared to a kid-friendly Radiolab, this podcast not only addresses fascinating topics but also tries to foster a love of science itself by interviewing scientists about their process and discoveries. The hosts don't assume that listeners have a science background -- but even kids who think they don't like science may change their minds after listening to this podcast. Best for: Kids and tweens”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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