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Visible Thinking

Visible Thinking routines are grouped into the following three areas:

1. Introducing and Exploring Ideas
2. Synthesising and Organising Ideas
3. Digging Deeper into Ideas

Over the last few weeks, Mr Parry has written about the ‘See, Think, Wonder’ routine, which is used as a way to introduce a new idea or concept and to encourage the students to start thinking about the idea in more depth. Mr Roberts has written about Headlines, which is a routine used to assist students to gather information and make tentative conclusions. The final category includes routines that encourage students to think deeply about a concept.

What Makes You Say That?

How tempting it is to want to provide answers to our curious, clever children’s questions? Perhaps in doing so, we are missing an opportunity for them to think more deeply - to become accustomed to turning an idea over in their head fully, before committing to one answer, one view-point, one reaction? The ‘What Makes You Say That’ Thinking Routine is a technique that helps develop thinking, interpretations and justifications. Some of our staff are currently using it and it’s very easy to apply - especially at home!

This routine helps students describe what they see or know and asks them to build explanations. It promotes evidential reasoning (evidence-based reasoning) and because it invites students to share their interpretations, it also encourages students to understand alternatives and multiple perspectives.

When examining an artefact or concept, the key questions that can be used with this routine are:

• What’s going on?
• What can you see that makes you say that?
• What do you know that makes you say that?

This is a thinking routine that asks students to describe something, such as an object or concept, and then support their interpretation with evidence. Because the basic questions in this routine are flexible, it is useful when looking at objects such as works of art or historical artefacts, but it can also be used to explore a poem, make scientific observations and hypothese, or investigate more conceptual ideas (like democracy). The routine can be adapted for use with almost any subject and may also be useful for gathering information on students' general concepts when introducing a new topic.

Junior School Staffing News 2016

I am pleased to be in a position to announce the Junior School teaching staff for 2016.

ELC G (Nursery) - Mrs Rebecca Lim / Mrs Harriet Fearon 2W - Miss Andrea Zibell
ELC M (Prep) - Ms Ang Yen Wey 3G - Miss Jayde Fisher
ELC W (Prep) - Miss Bianca Chep 3M - Mrs Evelyn Ralph
FG - Ms Serena Barker 3W - Mr Mitchell O'Brien
FW - Ms Louise Tupai 4G - Mr Glen Emslie
1G - Mr Kris Hickson 4W - Miss Brittney Van Leeuwen
1W - Mrs Renee Dikeni 5G - Mrs Annabelle Larkworthy / Ms Kelly Holmes
2G - Miss Adelia Tommy 5W - Miss Stephanie Freeman
Mandarin - Ms Wan and Ms Hor ELC Head Teacher - Mrs Dianne McLean
Bahasa Malaysia - Cikgu Adila and Cikgu Fadhly Stage 1 Leader / Learning Enrichment - Mrs Leigh Jannet
Music - Mr Dylan Parry Stage 2 Leader - Mrs Annabelle Larkworthy
Physical Education & Sport - Mr Elliot Roberts CCA Coordinator/ICT Facilitator - Mr Elliot Roberts
EAL - Ms Kelly Holmes DHOJS - Mrs Kerry Smith
HOJS - Mr Graeme Naftel  

Awards Assembly and Speech Day

The Junior School Awards Assembly will begin at 9.30am on Tuesday 8 December, and the annual SpeechDay will commence at 11.15am on Tuesday 15 December. Parents of students whose efforts and achievements are being recognised at these assemblies, will have received an invitation to one or more of these events, but of course all parents are welcome to attend.