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Here are a few things you may find useful.. I particularly like this one as you can see the process in action - a lovely piece of documentation too

 

http://www.skillspace.com/LearningSystem/PortalHome/Portal.asp?Load=1&Resource=F9836BA1%2DDE77%2D4A4E%2DA9FE%2D5C41E6DDF626&ResourceId=6530

 

http://www.skillspac... Fisher doc.pdf

 

 

 

http://www.kathybrod...king-important/

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“Sustained Shared Thinking” is the term used to describe a shared conversation between you and a child which helps to develop the child’s thinking - a quality interaction (not just chatting in between activities or when loads of children are vying for your attention).

 

 

 

How do we start Sustained Shared Thinking?

 

· Tuning in - sit down at the child’s level, listen carefully to what is being said, observe body language and what the child is doing.

 

· Showing genuine interest - giving your whole attention (acknowledging others but keeping focus on key child), maintaining eye contact, affirming, smiling, nodding etc

 

· Respecting children’s own decisions and choices - allowing them to think things through in their own way and by acknowledging each child’s interests.

 

 

 

So, once you have engaged in some interaction/SST with a child, develop and support their thinking by:-

 

· Inviting him/her to elaborate (“I really want to know more about this.”)

 

· Asking Open Questions (“How did you…? Why does this…?)

 

· Recapping (“So you think that…”) or reminding (“Don’t forget that you said…”)

 

· Offering your own experience (“I like to read my book in bed…”)

 

· Suggesting (“You might like to try doing it this way…”) - but remember to respect their decisions!

 

· Offering an alternative viewpoint (“Maybe Goldilocks wasn’t naughty when she ate the porridge…”)

 

· Speculating (“Do you think the 3 bears were happy when…?”)

 

· Modelling thinking (“I’ve got so much to do today. I need to do my shopping, take the cat to the vets and go to the library. I won’t have time to do all those things…”)

 

 

I got this from someone on here I think

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