Simon Brooks Culture of Thinking Strategy No. 3 – Who’s Doing The Thinking?

 

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Simon Brooks Culture of Thinking Strategy No. 3 – Who’s Doing The Thinking?

The second Cultures of Thinking Strategy for parents in supporting their children to become self-directed learners was sent out last Friday. We hope found it very informative and useful. If you missed this email, click here to view Strategy No. 2

Strategy No. 3 – Who’s doing the thinking here?

We learn a lot from making mistakes, pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone, and taking risks to try new things. Regularly encountering challenges, mistakes and failure builds a growth mindset and develops intellectual resilience. When your child encounters difficulties, don’t jump in to solve the problem and rescue him/her. Instead, ask questions that will help him/her to think through the problem and choose a course of action for moving forward. Make sure they’re doing the thinking, not you. Below are some questions you could ask your child:

  • What’s your plan of action here?
  • How are you going to start off?
  • What do you think that question means?
  • What do you need to find out before you can move forward with this?

For the video on the strategy, click here.