Message From Dr. Reilly
Dear Teachers and Staff,
This week, I want to share Peter Liljedahl’s Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics, Grades K-12 (2021) with you. It is a must read.
Liljedahl’s research codifies necessary changes/revisions for educators to make to develop students’ thinking as the primary purpose of class. Liljedahl contrasts “studenting” with thinking. Studenting are behaviors that lead students to completing tasks efficiently by following directions, answering questions, filling in worksheets, following protocols, as opposed to actually thinking. Liljedahl explains that “[p]roblem-solving tasks…require students to invoke their knowledge in ways that have not been routinized. Once routinization happens, students are mimicking rather than thinking” (p. 20). Creating alternatives to mimicking is one of 14 changes Liljedahl advocates for in his research. This is a text written for teachers, although I highly recommend it to all administrators as well.
If you are curious about the 14 shifts Liljedahl recommends, you can learn more about them at this link: https://buildingthinkingclassrooms.com.
Wishing you a restful Thanksgiving.