Building Critical Thinking Skills In Children Age 9+

The English Language curriculum has evolved greatly, evident in the new syllabus that was rolled out in 2010. Taking the Oral section for instance, the format has undergone a transformation to become more discussion and conversational based. Gone are the days where candidates simply describe to the examiner what they see in the picture given – a one-way presentation.

Instead, the given picture is a “launchpad” for the candidates to formulate their own opinions to engage the examiners in a conversation. Going further, candidates are encouraged to spin off new topics.

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The Singapore Ministry of Education is proactively working towards developing and assessing critical thinking skills. Can a practice-based learning circle help students achieve better results and be more active critical thinkers?

Learning circles owe its origin to Study Circles from Sweden. Some of the core principles include equality of participants, facilitated learning not training, a collaborative and not competitive environment and balancing knowledge acquisition with social communication.
Opinion Matters is a learning circle to enable participants to practice sharing their opinion on topics, regularly practice with global peers under the guidance of a teacher-facilitator.

Students receive an article with a question. The question is based on bloom’s taxonomy focused on apply, analyze, evaluate and create. Students then reflect and share an opinion. There is no right or wrong, no judgment is made. Then appreciate, reflect and engage peers in lively discussions. Taking advantage of collaboration and collective intelligence. Finally, make continuous improvement based on the responses of the teacher-facilitator and peers.

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A learning circle is two or four weeks long, with two articles and two plus commitment per week along with up to thirty peers from around the world.
We partner schools to enable learning at the school and enable practice at home. Together with schools we hope to enable valuable international exchange learning experiences.

This is the Opinions Matter learning circle URL

Parents, help make your children’s opinions matter. See you online soon.


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Building Critical Thinking Skills In Children Age 9+

The English Language curriculum has evolved greatly, evident in the new syllabus that was rolled out in 2010. Taking the Oral section for instance, the format has undergone a transformation to become more discussion and conversational based. Gone are the days where candidates simply describe to the examiner what they see in the picture given – a one-way presentation.

Instead, the given picture is a “launchpad” for the candidates to formulate their own opinions to engage the examiners in a conversation. Going further, candidates are encouraged to spin off new topics.

opinion_matters_learning_circle

The Singapore Ministry of Education is proactively working towards developing and assessing critical thinking skills. Can a practice-based learning circle help students achieve better results and be more active critical thinkers?

Learning circles owe its origin to Study Circles from Sweden. Some of the core principles include equality of participants, facilitated learning not training, a collaborative and not competitive environment and balancing knowledge acquisition with social communication.
Opinion Matters is a learning circle to enable participants to practice sharing their opinion on topics, regularly practice with global peers under the guidance of a teacher-facilitator.

Students receive an article with a question. The question is based on bloom’s taxonomy focused on apply, analyze, evaluate and create. Students then reflect and share an opinion. There is no right or wrong, no judgment is made. Then appreciate, reflect and engage peers in lively discussions. Taking advantage of collaboration and collective intelligence. Finally, make continuous improvement based on the responses of the teacher-facilitator and peers.

opinion-matters-blooms-taxonomy

A learning circle is two or four weeks long, with two articles and two plus commitment per week along with up to thirty peers from around the world.
We partner schools to enable learning at the school and enable practice at home. Together with schools we hope to enable valuable international exchange learning experiences.

This is the Opinions Matter learning circle URL

Parents, help make your children’s opinions matter. See you online soon.


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