Expert Thinking is knowing how to address a problem you’ve never seen before, using whatever knowledge you possess. While young children are just beginning to amass knowledge, we want them to feel confident improvising, experimenting, and collaborating with others to tackle something new.
Second grade students are encouraged to do this every day. Practicing the social skills of listening, processing, and taking turns, they learn how to work both individually and as part of a team, contributing their talents and celebrating those of their classmates.
In coding classes, tinkering sessions in the Y-Lab, and multi-strategy mathematics problems, children practice prototyping their way through a problem. In social studies, they apply the techniques of historical artwork to their own families, and try writing their own names in Japanese calligraphy. In music, they write down melodies they’ve come up with themselves. And in woodshop, they design, build, and revise when things don’t work. It’s all part of learning how to use what you know to successfully navigate when there isn’t a ‘right’ answer.Inquire