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Approaches to Learning (ATL) support
All the documents linked below can be downloaded in a word format. Feel free to use them freely.
If you would like to learn about thinking skills click here.
– A world of Assumptions. This simple exercise will help you enhance your skills for generating hypothesis and for looking at variables differently.
– Reverse Reasoning. This system is fantastic when trying to find the root of the problem. I strongly recommend it when looking at situations from a cause-effect perspective.
– The Voice in a billboard. The goal of this resource is to enable you to produce a single visual representation of a situation or a problem that will help you focus on generating solutions or new ideas.
– Building Arguments. Because critical thinking involves looking very closely and using reason to thoroughly understand it, this document will help you add power to your arguments. (This resource captures ideas from Inquire by Robert King, et al.)
– SCAMPER. This is a great strategies for DT / Design students. A great ‘add-on’ to the design cycle. The SCAMPER technique uses a set of directed questions which you answer in order to come up with new ideas.
– Draw your own Inquiry– this graphic organiser will help you understand the power of your focus question either in a research project or while collaborating. Use it if you want to look at different aspects of your inquiry so that your discussion becomes more meaningful.
If you would like to learn about communication skills click here.
– Concept Attainment: This organiser will help you elaborate on a vocabulary item in order to enrich your descriptions.
– Writing with Critical Thinking. If you want to demonstrate your critical thinking skills while writing, this document will show you a few pointers on how to do it.
– Draw it! Connecting events: In this organiser you will draw a picture of the topic you read about in your book. This organiser will help you visualize details and characteristic features.
– I need support! – This organizer will help you support main ideas when you want to enhance meaning.
– Think Aloud!: This organizer will help you enhance your visual literacy (visual interpretation). It will help you organize ideas as you study an image.
– Prove it!– This organizer will help you enhance your understanding of a text/passage by recording your predictions and them letting you include your conclusions. This will allow you to compare your initial guesses and to test your understanding.
If you would like to learn about social skills click here.
– Collaborating in a virtual environment (Googledoc). This document was produced by students. These essential agreements were agreed upon as a group. It is always a good idea, when collaborating, to be clear on the role each participant will play, as well as the roles s/he will have. Adjust it depending on your needs.
If you would like to learn about self-management skills click here.
– A day in the life of… The format in this document will help you enhance your empathy skills. Empathizing with people or ‘walking in other people’s shoes’ will reveal considerations you might not have thought of before. A great idea when analyzing characters in novels, or when studying a case.
– Planning framework for oral presentations. This tool may be useful when planning a presentation. This framework will help you organize your ideas about aspects such as audience, purpose of presentation and tools you will need.
– Timeline: This organizer will help you sequence the way in which events occurred.
– Fishbone/Cause-Effect: This organizer will help you explain cause-effect relationships in a task. By choosing the effects, it will be easy for you to find the most important things that caused this effect.
– Map it out! – This organizer will help you organize examples and supporting ideas for a given topic.
– Picture Order– This organizer will help you work on sequence of events. You can also use it to work on simple/basic storyboards.
If you would like to learn about research skills click here.
– Research Journal– This document will help you organize your research projects and will help you assess your sources and data analysis strategies.
– Research Journal (EE)
– How to Read a Secondary Source– This document will present you with some pointers on how to use secondary sources. You may find this resource particularly useful for history classes.
– Citing Sources (APA). If you use APA to write your bibliography and/or to list your sources. You may be interested in this document.
– Cite it right – Academic Integrity Posters.pages (MLA). If you use MLA to write your bibliography and/or to list your sources. You may be interested in this document.