Ready-to-post student materials
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Tips for teachers
Ready-to-share parent materials
Ready-to-post student materials
Français
Tips for teachers
Ready-to-share parent materials
COVID-19

Are you interested in developing new resources or adapting our existing resources to support online learning in your school or district?

Here is how we can help:

  • Create new resources for online learning: TC² would embrace the opportunity to partner with you to create new resources that you identify as necessary for your online learning strategy.
  • Adapt our existing resources: If you have a request for lessons that you’d like to see converted to direct-to-student, ready-to-post materials, please let us know! Our existing collections include: Tools For Thought, Critical Challenges, History Docs, Picture Sets, print publications, or other parts of our website.
  • French language support is available for the development of learning resources.
Please contact Usha James or Andy Nesbitt to let us know how we can support you.


Ready-to-share parent materials

Parent Materials

Parents and other significant adults in students’ lives have always played a crucial role in shaping young people’s abilities and approaches to thinking. What they learn from observing and interacting with the various adults in their lives undoubtedly influences the way students think about their school work and other decisions they make in their every day lives. The challenges and opportunities around supporting student thinking are more pronounced than ever and that is why we are pleased to provide new resources that directly support parents and guardians of students. These resources have been funded by the Superior Greenstone District School Board but generously made available freely to all educators. Everything you find here is true to our mission of supporting you in your efforts to create thinking learning environments and opportunities, wherever that learning is taking place.

As a principal, teacher or other leader in your district, you may want to attach one or two resources to a weekly communication you send out, provide the materials to the school council chair to distribute, or post these resources on your school or district website for community members to access or download.

We will be adding to this collection regularly so please check back and if you are interested in having us develop particular new resources or adapt existing ones, please contact us (see information above).

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Contents

Understanding an approach to nurturing thinking at home
Thinking together with children
Helping children think independently

Understanding an approach to nurturing thinking at home


These resources help build a foundational understanding of what high quality thinking is and why it is important. They provide parents and guardians with some starting ideas about how they might help their children become better thinkers.


PDF documentNurturing thinking: it takes a village...What can parents and other adults do to help children grow into excellent thinkers?
PDF documentHelping children make good decisions
PDF documentAsking questions that spark thinking

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Thinking together with children

These resources provide parents with guidance for how to nurture a child’s thinking by asking great questions that lead to thoughtful conversations. They include ideas that will support parent involvement in children’s learning in authentic ways by suggesting ways they might make decisions together, learn from their children, and ask genuine questions after observing them play.


PDF documentBe the learner
PDF documentHaving thoughtful conversations
PDF documentHelping children learn how to "read" images
PDF documentMaking decisions together
PDF documentObserve and ask genuine questions

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Helping children think independently

Parents are eager for ways to help their children be more independent and also support them in making good decisions when thinking, learning, and playing independently. These resources provide parents with ideas of how to prompt independent play in ways that encourage children to develop thinking abilities while playing.


PDF documentLook for clues
PDF documentWhat are you thinking?
PDF documentMake learning last
PDF documentEncouraging thinking through indoor play
PDF documentEncouraging thinking through outdoor play