Currently, teaching Hands On Equations to a class of gifted third grade students at the Trinity Academy School in Hartford, Connecticut. Hands-On Equations is a supplementary program that can be used with any math curriculum to provide students with a concrete foundation for algebra. It uses the visual and kinesthetic instructional approach developed by Dr. Henry Borenson to demystify abstract algebraic concepts. This hands-on, intuitive approach enhances student self-esteem and interest in mathematics.
I am also co-presenting Project Based Learning program at the Trinity Academy School with a class of eighth grade students which are engaged in researching and inquiring about “Sneakers” in order to obtain a deeper knowledge about all the aspects of how they impact the real world.
You will discover that you are probably already Sparking Creativity in quite a few ways and only need to tell your students that’s what they are doing. You will also discover many additional and varied methods that are easy to use AND you will find the book makes excellent and explicit connections to Common Core Standards. The scholars of creativity and their contributions to education are remembered in this book and that adds to my enthusiasm for Sparking Student Creativity.
Dr. Louise Loomis is announced as this year’s Keynote Speaker for the Alpha Kappa State 75th Fall Conference, to be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Courtyard by Marriott, 4 Sebethe Drive, Cromwell, CT 06416. She will be presenting Teaching to Abundance: Brainwise Learning with Our Natural Thinking.
For more information about AKS 75th Fall Conference please visit for details: http://www.deltakappagamma.org/CT/index.php
Click on link for copy of Participants Feedback of the presentation:AKS 75th State Conference_11_1_14 Feedback
Who’s teaching thinking? It was popular in the ’80’s and is now in style as part of 21st Century Learning. I started teaching thinking in the ’70s with wonderful material in a handbook, A Cognitive Skills Manual, written by Wes Sager, Eugene Marr and Judy Kovacs. I was teaching Science then in a 9th grade program called Higher Horizons at a large high school in Hartford, Connecticut. Both the Language Arts Teacher on the team, Thomas Smith, and I were trained by Judy Kovacs using the Cognitive Skills Manual. Using what we learned with our students transformed our teaching. Teaching thinking became a constant for both of us.
Tom continued with high school Language Arts, and I decided to go into the “thinking field” full time, but we kept in touch, constantly sharing our enthusiasm, and exploring ways to involve others.
Then we realized that a manual from the 1970’s needed some updating! With the help of a great editor and colleague, Sharon Smith, we are about to publish a new version of the manual called The Cognitive Six: A Guide to Teaching Thinking.
I started this blog to be in touch with people who are interested in “how to teach thinking” or who are already teaching thinking. Welcome aboard!