The aim of this publication is to help teachers recognise what gets in the way of learning in classrooms and to build on their current teaching repertoires and widen the range of activities that put greater emphasis on thinking and reasoning.
The publication includes 16 practical ideas to ensure that pupils are made to think and reason more effectively and that the teacher isn't doing the thinking for the pupils.
Each of the sixteen ideas are supported by examples to help provide greater clarity. Clearly, the examples are just that, but should provide enough guidance for teachers to create the same method with the learning they are covering with their pupils.
The aim is to help teachers 'teach less' and to increase the learning demands on pupils. The activities should put greater demand on pupils' thinking and reasoning skills.
These methods require pupils to develop their curiosity and should help them to improve their own questioning. Therefore, using these methods should help to create 'enquiry-based classrooms'.
The principles associated with 'metacognition' form a very important part of the process and the tasks take this into account.