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Creating Cultures of Thinking: Time

Resources for "Creating Cultures of Thinking: The Eight Forces We Must Master To Truly Transform Our Schools" by Ron Ritchhart of Project Zero at HGSE. [Guide by Stephen Taylor for Western Academy Beijing]

TIME: Learning to Be Its Master Rather than Its Victim

The “containers,” consisting of measurable periods, that we allocate, assign or use to accomplish tasks of our choosing. As a culture shaper, all of these conceptions of time are in play. Our allocations of periods of time reflect our values. Our sequencing of events, construction of moments, and reflections on actions allows us to scaffold and draw a connecting thread through learning occasions to create a unity. Finally, our ability to generate, sustain, and capitalize on periods of total engagement allows us to create the energy needed for learning and thinking.  [Source: Project Zero]


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"Invest time to make time"

What are some little things that (repeatedly) get in the way of your work or class learning?

Can they be fixed with an investment in time?

How much or your (or others') energy would you save?


See also: Merril & Covey's Grid from 1994's "First Things First"

Development of a Culture of Thinking Self-Assessment


Below is a list of five ideas to consider when creating a Culture of Thinking in your classroom 

  1. Make time for students' questions and contributions. 
  2. Provide "space" for students to extend, elaborate, or develop the ideas of others. 
  3. Avoid disseminating the abundance of ideas without the time to process them. 
  4. Give students time to think and develop ideas before asking for contributions. 
  5. Monitor the amount of time you talk so as not to dominate the classroom conversation.