4th Grade

Expert Thinking

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.

Fourth grader 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.

Whether using Lego machines to iterate solutions to engineering challenges, writing and revising a presentation about an immigrant relative–and then collaborating to develop a dramatic scene that facilitates the telling of their story, or working with a diverse team to design and prototype a model of an interfaith center, children in fourth grade are constantly being asked to put what they’ve learned into practice.  This ability, and the social fluency to work in a diverse team, is critical to success in the 21st century, and part of every class at Moses Brown.

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Expert Thinking & PBL in action

What is Expert Thinking, anyway?

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Faculty

Gara Field

Interim Head of Upper School/Dir. of Global Education

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Gara Field

University of Hartford – B.A.
University of Hartford – M.A.
Harvard University – M.Ed.
University of Connecticut – Ph.D.

David Husted ’86

Director of Innovation and Design

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David Husted ’86

Roger Williams University – B.S.
Harvard Graduate School of Education – Ed.M.

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