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.
Third graders 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.
Whether using Lego machines to iterate solutions to engineering challenges, devising a presentation to concisely communicate the complex social, economic, and political dynamics of the whaling industry, or preparing a green screen video presentation about America’s National Parks, children in third grade are constantly being asked to put what they’ve learned into practice.Inquire