Thinking is about using creative, critical, and metacognitive processes to make sense of information, experiences, and ideas. 

These processes can be applied to purposes such as developing understanding, making decisions, shaping actions, or constructing knowledge. 

Intellectual curiosity is at the heart of this competency.

Students who are competent thinkers and problem-solvers:

  •  Actively seek, use, and create knowledge. 
  •  Reflect on their own learning, 
  •  Draw on personal knowledge and intuitions, 
  •  Ask questions, 
  •  Challenge the basis of assumptions and perceptions.

At Otonga we specifically teach a range of cognitive strategies that help children to clarify their thinking, broaden the range of possible solutions and to become aware of their own preferred styles of learning.

We want them to be aware of their areas of strength and the areas they need extra support in. 
We ask the question " How are you smart?"  not  "How smart are you?".

We aim to provide an extension module for children with special talents in a range of ability areas such as music, art, maths, literacy, performance, science, technology as well as inter-personal abilities.

We have developed indicators for children to evaluate themselves under research and inquiry skills, as well as problem solving skills.

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