6th Grade

Expert Thinking

Expert thinking is knowing how to approach a problem you’ve never seen before, using whatever knowledge you possess.  Sixth graders are beginning to develop a sense of what they know, and every school day at Moses Brown shows them new ways to apply it.  No matter what they encounter, we want them to feel confident improvising, experimenting, and collaborating with others to tackle something new.

Sixth graders learn how to devise and follow a plan to create functional objects in wood shop.  They code interactive holiday cards, produce animated multimedia presentations for literature and history classes, and build cell models out of delicious materials.  They solve a mock heist using forensic analysis of DNA, and diagnose a mystery illness with their specialist’s knowledge of the systems of the human body.

Every step of the way, they work both individually and as part of a team, contributing their talents and celebrating those of their classmates.


Expert Thinking & PBL in action

What is Expert Thinking, anyway?

Explore Expert Thinking and observe the use of project-based learning within Moses Brown classrooms!


Jonathan Gold

Middle School History, Academic Team Leader, Expert Thinking Tri-Clerk

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Jonathan Gold

Brown University – B.A.
Columbia University – M.A.

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