Cultures of Thinking

April 1 - 2, 2016

Bangkok, Thailand

Participating Schools

ABA World School Oman

Academic Bridge Program, Qatar Foundation

American Community School of Abu Dhabi

American School of Bangkok

Canadian International School Bangalore

Canadian International School of Hong Kong

Concordia International School Shanghai

European International School, HCMC

Hong Kong Academy

International School of Kuala Lumpur

International School Yangon

Korea International School, Jeju

Mutiara International Grammar School

Myanmar International School Yangon

Nexus International School (Singapore)

NIST International School

Northbridge International School Cambodia

One World International School Singapore

Overseas School of Colombo

Rulang Primary School, Singapore

Shanghai Community International School

Shekou International School

Singapore American School 

Suzhou-Singapore International School

United Nations International School of Hanoi

Vientiane College

Vientiane International School

Western Academy Beijing

Yangon International School

Upcoming Workshop

Creating Cultures of Thinking 

March 31, 2017 - April 1, 2017

Hong Kong



Given below is a compilation of participants' response to the following query on the Workshop Evaluation Form:  


"Theory/Skills acquired from the workshop that you can use immediately"


  • Thinking routines ≠ activities 

  • I am excited to evaluate a few assessments with pie and understanding wheel.

  • Specific thinking routines

  • Lanugage of thinking

  • Understanding map

  • Chalk talk

  • 3-2-1 The Bridge

  • Questioning techniques

  • Identifying the value of creating true learning environments

  • Implementation of routines

  • The booklet with concrete plans is great

  • Language in classroom

  • 8 forces of thinking culture - one force at a time

  • The routines are very accessible and non-threatening

  • Cultural forces

  • Classroom thinking routine

  • Influences/components of a culture

  • Use understanding map for planning

  • Using a timer

  • An alternative to bloom

  • Practical application of strategies

  • Good connection of thinking routines to research

  • The 8 cultural forces - Particularly language

  • Discourse patterns

  • Using conditional language

  • Work on vocab of thinking for students - (I am speculating/inferring etc)

  • Designing rubrics more effectively  - higher ceilings

  • Instill the notion that the learning does not end because that particular  inquiry has ended.

  • New concept map

  • Who does the thinking

  • Using the 8 cultural forces of thinking as a self/teacher rubric

  • Work on class/team culture

  • Be conscious of language of noticing and naming

  • Importance of getting kids to be independent

  • The routine of I notice.. I wonder...

  • Language of the classroom - power to shift culture

  • Routine leads to standard