Week 5: Assessment of Thinking


Week 5: Assessment of Thinking

What are you thinking?

Peter Johnson author of Opening Minds Using Language to Change Lives writes, “…much of the intellectual process actually takes place inside our heads, and making current mental processes available to ourselves and others requires that we articulate them.  Articulating these mental processes is most useful when they are still in process and can be capitalized on for assessment purposes and revised so they are most productive.  Asking“What are you thinking?” is a simple way to expand this process thread in

Language Structures

Educational psychologists like Jerome S. Bruner (1966) stressed proficiency in oral language because they regard it as a vital tool for thought.  They would claim without a fluent and structured oral language, children will find it difficult to think abstractly and symbolically.  That initial language, the basis of the child’s thought, will be his first language whatever language that is.  (M. Clay Record of Oral Language) 


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