Dec 232014
 

Astede Tsehayou and Dagim Melese
Eminence Social Entrepreneurs / Thinking Schools Ethiopia Facilitators

Thinking School Ethiopia, part of Eminence Social Entrepreneurs, conducted a  two days training on Growing Thinking  School from the Inside Out model for the whole staff of Cheffe Primary School on December 6 and 7 , 2014. All educators, about 69 in number, from all departments (Language, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, and Arts) and self-contained teachers of the school took part in the training. The training constituted part of a second phase of a whole school transformational change process planned to be executed, through concerted efforts of Addis Ababa Education Bureau (AAEB) and Eminence Social Entrepreneurs, with the aim of creating 10 models of the “thinking school” approach in Yeka and Bole sub cities of the city of Addis Ababa.

The hands on, intensely collaborative training which was intermittently mixed with community building exercises (exercises that refresh, energize, stir the mind, and build a sense community and togetherness) was observed to be engaging, yielding and productive.  The participants were essentially the real actors in the training. Indeed, the thinking school model is particularly unique relative to other educational professional development models in that it demonstrates its defining motto that states “we walk the talk”.  The other important element of the training sessions was the call for participants’ observations to think about what is being done in each of the steps in progress which was meaningful for both the trainees and training facilitators as it elucidates upon the impact that is being felt.

The first day training (On Saturday, Dec.6, 2014) engaged the trainees to consolidate upon  the goal of Cheffie Primary School by helping them  reflectively see what  the school does so as to draw on its vision, goals, its achievements , and useful practices in a journey towards growing a thinking school. Moreover, the educators were also given opportunities to explore and converse on path ways of thinking that included topics on cognitive processes, learning modalities, dispositions, creativity, and enquiry methods.  Subsequent on the highly interactive discussions on the issues related to the aforementioned topics took place a brief introduction of Thinking Processes Maps which are visual-verbal tools graphically representing fundamental cognitive processes.

The following day (Sunday, Dec.7, 2014) was devoted for intensive exercises on the use of visual tools particularly on the use of Thinking Maps. Brief introduction on the eight (8) Thinking Maps, the universal cognitive processes they represent and their respective uses was followed by modeling of their actual use by TSE facilitators: Astede Tsehayou and Dagim Melese . Trainees were later given opportunities to apply the use of Thinking Maps in their subject area specializations being in collaborative learning groups. Representatives of each group were finally asked to present the works of their groups for the whole group so as to create learning and thinking environment in which observations, different ways of thinking (perspectives), conversations, discussions and synthesis of ideas occur.  Finally, participants were asked to reflect on the overall two days training.

 Posted by at 11:54 am
Dec 212014
 

Atsede Tsehayou – Thinking Schools Ethiopia Country Trainer 

As part of the steps with the Thinking Schools Ethiopia model, On-Site School Visits are made to each school.  A site visit to Cheffie Primary School, one of the ten Addis Ababa Education Bureau model Thinking Schools occurred on Thursday, December 17, 2014. Community building exercises were practiced by their physical education teacher and students as well during our visit.

 community building

The objective of the site visit was to introduce both the verbal and hand symbols of thinking maps to all students of Cheffee on one hand and to give explanation of the use of each maps on the other hand.

Grade 8 students observed and examined that thinking maps show clarity and simplicity in terms of communicating and understanding conceptual contents.

Grade 7 and 8 Students were using and sketching Thinking Maps in their exercise books and tried to connect the hands symbol of Thinking Maps with their meaning and importance .

        

Pre k students were also able to use their thinking abilities and participate with their teacher on the use of the maps.

        

The overall observation and reflection of my visit to the school was exciting and surprising because of all the fabulous movements and discussions happened within three days after the whole staff (70+ teachers and school leaders) training of Cheffie Primary School. The whole staff training was the two day initial Growing Thinking Schools Inside Out training on Thinking Schools including using visual tools (Thinking Maps).

 Posted by at 1:55 pm
Dec 172014
 

Dagim Melese – Thinking Schools Ethiopia Country Trainer

Thinking School Ethiopia, part of Eminence Social Entrepreneurs, recently conducted a second phase training , a whole school staff training at school sites, for the staff of 71 educators at Cheffie Primary School on December 6 and 7 , 2014. Cheffie takes the lead as one of the ten pilot schools engaging itself in a plan of whole school transformational process in which the quality of education is advanced via facilitating the expertise of school leadership and its educators. The vibrant instructional leadership team from Cheffe plans to implement tools, strategies, and techniques its educators are equipped with entrenching it in its day to day practices. Students are already being introduced to the use of visual tools – Thinking Maps – and the teachers have began using Thinking Maps to actually facilitate students thinking and learning in their classes. Below are some participants reflections from Cheffie training.
Dagim Melese 

Andinet Yemer
Mathematics and Science Teacher
This training is very different from the other trainings we took. It is different in that it is practical and applicable. Some of the thinking maps have already been in use in biology now we have learned how to use them in other subjects and in such departments as social studies and language departments. More importantly, we have learned how we could educate our students without making learning boring for our students. We have taken experiences from the training. We have now learned how to better educate our students. We have seen how we actually use the thinking maps in our respective departments.  We will be glad if the organization (Eminence Social Entrepreneurs) follows and monitors the implementation of what we got from the training.

Daniel Galo
English Teacher
This is not my first time taking this training. I took the training that was meant for the instructional leadership team of 10 selected schools at Kokebe Tsibia Primary School last June, 2014. Secondly, I took the training given to the department heads of this school by Atsede and Dagim.  This is my third time taking the training with the whole teaching staff. I have learned from the training that, traditionally it was a teacher that provides contents for students .T he teacher provides information, generates ideas and thoughts without the students playing active roles but now we have seen ways of allowing students share ideas, generate thoughts on their own and actively participate in class room learning.  We have seen that the training is participatory and engaging.

When I introduce the visual maps, my students were very happy. It was easy to introduce the visual maps for the students. Visual maps were also very important to engage and allow participation of students. I have observed how visual maps allow students to generate ideas on their own from many different vantage points while working in collaborative learning groups. They allow students to express their ideas freely. Visual tools allowed the participation of all kinds of learners including those who were shy and not active. The visual maps are useful for ensuring the attainment of quality education. I believe that our school is going to be able to move forward working together with Eminence Social Entrepreneurs (ESE) and achieve.

Getinet G/Michael
Teachers’ Professional Development Deputy Director
In the two days of Thinking Schools Training our school educators got a better understanding of their roles as facilitators of students learning and thinking.  The training also addresses one of the issues of educational professional development which the government deals with is active learning and the challenges surrounding it. And it is relevant that Eminence Social Entrepreneurs provides us with support by addressing the needs of active or student centered learning. The major goal of the training is addressing teacher education needs and the challenges of implementing student/learner centered approaches.  The training was extremely useful for our educators. The next step will be the follow up and monitoring of the implementation of what we got from the training. We will do this in collaboration with TSE facilitators.  We will try to address the challenges of achieving quality education working in collaboration with Eminence Social Entrepreneurs (ESE).

 

 Posted by at 5:12 pm
Nov 252014
 

The above interview is with a student at Cheffie Primary School, one of the ten model schools with the Thinking Schools Ethiopia and Addis Ababa Education Bureau collaboration.

“The eight visual maps [Thinking Maps] are a different structure…to learn more about the subject…they start to develop our thinking skills…it is very important [for students] to use these eight visual maps…”
Grade 6 student • Chaffie Primary School • Addis Ababa Education Bureau Government School
Please visit and ‘like’ the Cheffie Facebook Page

 Posted by at 2:21 pm
Nov 082014
 

Cheffie Primary School, one of the 10 pilot schools part of the Thinking Schools Ethiopia and Addis Ababa Education Bureau collaboration is quickly implementing Thinking Maps in many classrooms after their recent onsite training by Thinking Schools Ethiopia one week ago. Teacher, student and leadership reflections will be added in the coming weeks from Cheffie and other pilot schools.

 Posted by at 5:16 pm
Nov 032014
 

Dr. David Hyerle, co-director of Thinking Schools International, founder of Thinking Foundation and developer of Thinking Maps visited Cheffie Primary School (visit the school Facebook page). Cheffie Primary School is one of the ten schools (primary and secondary) that are pilot schools for the Thinking Schools Ethiopia collaboration with Addis Ababa Education Bureau (AAEB). Cheffie Primary School’s leadership team comprised of 8 educators including principals and lead teachers took part in leadership team training recently in June 2014. They are now receiving on-site support from the WeThink Thinking Schools Ethiopia (part of Eminence Social Entrepreneurs) lead facilitators.

 Posted by at 4:12 pm
Oct 292014
 

Cheffie Primary School is one of the 10 pilot schools part of the Addis Ababa Education Bureau collaboration with Thinking Schools Ethiopia Project. The 10 schools, including Cheffie Primary School  (visit the school Facebook page) received leadership team training recently in June 2014. The next phase of the implementation includes regular onsite visits to all 10 schools including professional development with the whole school staff, demonstration lessons with students by Thinking Schools Ethiopia facilitators and staff from the respective schools. The initial training is focused on whole school implementation of Thinking Maps (visual tools) supported by the integration of inquiry methods and collaborative learning. The lead facilitators for Thinking Schools Ethiopia (part of Eminence Social Entrepreneurs based in Addis Ababa) are Atsede Tsehayou and Dagim Melese.

Cheffie Elementary School • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia • October 2014

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 Posted by at 4:37 pm
Oct 152014
 

Thinking Schools Ethiopia is for teachers, whole schools, educational bodies and countries who want to develop 21st Century learning and thinking environments using thinking skills with proven impact across the globe. Adopting different pathways for thinking, this is a unique, sustainable, whole school approach to learning with student centred thinking at its heart. The core pathways with the Thinking Schools Ethiopia include:

  1. Thinking Maps use of visual tools to organize ones thinking (students, teachers, leaders) with visual tools that visually create a collaborative process of seeing each other’s thinking
  2. Reflective Questioning high quality questioning and listening skills
  3. Collaborative Learning includes collaborative learning for students; collegial coaching for teachers; community building for the whole school

Learn more:

Thinking Schools Accreditation Process and Research at www.thinkingfoundation.org

Thinking Schools International at www.thinkingschoolsinternational.com

Thinking Schools Ethiopia blog which you are reading here at www.thinkingschoolsethiopia.com

Eminence Social Entrepreneurs at www.eminence-se.com

Thinking Schools International

  • Whole School Change 
  • Whole District / Region Change
  • Transformational Systems Change

Whole District • Minds of Mississippi Documentary Film • USA
www.thinkingfoundation.org/mom/

Whole Country • Malaysia • iThink
www.ithink.org.my

Whole School • Norway / Northern Ireland

Whole School System • Addis Ababa Education Bureau • Leadership Teams

 Posted by at 5:02 pm
Aug 032014
 

Video is in Amharic with English subtitles. If you don’t see the subtitles click on the cc icon to activate the subtitles.
Ato Dilamo Ottore, Head of Addis Ababa Education Bureau, giving a short speech about the importance of the Thinking Schools Ethiopia program that is being implemented in Ethiopia by Eminence Social Entrepreneurs. His speech was given before the 10 school leadership teams (8 principal and teacher leaders from each school) at the Thinking Schools Ethiopia training in June 2014.

 Posted by at 12:06 pm
Jul 082014
 

posted by Robert Price
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‘UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA) has written this Letter of Support to Thinking Schools Ethiopia – part of Eminence Social Entrepreneurs, a local non-governmental organisation for the work it is doing to promote the concept and practice of Thinking Schools Ethiopia.

Thinking Schools Ethiopia aims to promote modern teaching and learning methods in Ethiopian schools through the Thinking Maps Methodology and Whole School System. IICBA, as an Institute engaged in the  promotion of modern pedagogy and support to teacher education institutions in Africa has been participating  in  the  workshops that were organised  to familiarise school teachers in Addis Ababa with the methodology and confirms that the new approach to teaching and learning be very beneficial to students in Ethiopian schools.

As part of Eminence’s commitment to “rejuvenating and transforming the delivery of services in Ethiopia”, llCBA  believes that the Thinking Schools Ethiopia exercise will introduce a new dimension in the way teachers think about teaching and students about learning.’

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

Addis Ababa

“I would like to see this continue in some form…this was a complete success…to have on an ongoing basis…for public school teachers…that would assist the whole education system in the country because this was a workshop about changing minds…acquiring a new set of beliefs about what education is all about…”

Video interview with Dr. Awol Endris, Program Director at UNESCO – International  Institute for Capacity Building in Africa, after participating in full five day Thinking Schools Ethiopia training in Addis Ababa.

www.unesco-iicba.org
UNESCO Letter of Support for Thinking Schools Ethiopia (PDF)

 Posted by at 5:58 pm
Jun 252014
 

A brief introduction to Thinking Schools Ethiopia, a transformational educational approach that is a multidirectional, learner-centered, brain-empowering foundation of whole school change. Thinking Schools Ethiopia is being implemented in different model schools in Ethiopia in collaboration with the Education Bureaus of Addis Ababa, SNNPRS and Tigray. Be part of the change and find more at: www.thinkingschoolsethiopia.com Eminence Social Entrepreneurs at www.eminence-se.org

The Thinking Schools Ethiopia video was filmed at the recent Addis Ababa Education Bureau government schools Thinking Schools training held on the 16-17 June 2014 at Kokeb Tsibah Primary School for 10 model government schools. Each school had a leadership team of 8 educators including the principal and lead teachers. The training will continue throughout the upcoming 2014/1015 school year with the whole staff of each school, while expanding into the other sub-cities. Also read, see and hear the earlier postings on trainings in Tigray and SNNPRS.

The photos below are from the same training as shared in the video above.

 Posted by at 10:42 am
Jun 182014
 

Thinking Schools Ethiopia facilitated training of the Addis Ababa Education Bureau 10 model schools for the Growing Thinking Schools Inside Out project. The eighty participants (8 principals and lead educators from the 10 schools) participated in the 2 day training on the 16-17 June. The accompanying slide show provides views of the training. A video and reflections from the participants will be posted in the next several days.

 Posted by at 5:43 pm
Jun 152014
 

Thinking Schools Ethiopia facilitated training of the Tigray Education Bureau expert team for the Growing Thinking Schools Inside Out project. The training was coordinated by the Tigray Development Association. The seventy participants participated in the 2 day training on the 16-17 June. The accompanying images are from the training held at the Tigray Education Bureau. A video and reflections from the participants will be posted in the next several days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Posted by at 5:54 pm
May 292014
 

Thinking Schools Ethiopia which is part of Eminence Social Entrepreneurs is now collaborating with three education bureaus in three Ethiopian regions:

  • Addis Ababa Education Bureau (AAEB) in the capital city of Ethiopia;
  • the Southern Nations State Education Bureau (SNNPRS) in the south;
  • and a collaboration of the Tigray Development Association (TDA) & the Tigray Education Bureau (TEB) in the north.

Upcoming and recent trainings include:

  • AAEB: 16-17 June 2014 with leadership teams from AAEB schools;
  • TDA & TEB:  13-14 June 2014 with leadership teams from TEB schools and experts from the TEB;
  • SNNPRS:  March 2014 with the SNNPRS Education Bureau Expert team. The whole state initiative is to begin with model schools in September 2014.

For further information on upcoming Thinking Schools trainings please contact Atsede Tsehayou and/or Dagim Melese at Thinking Schools Ethiopia. Go to the contact page on this website for contact information. Further information on the Thinking Schools International trainer Robert Price may be found on the Thinking Schools International website and Robert Price’s website.

Southern Nations Nationalities & Peoples State Education Bureau (SNNPSEB)
Southern Nations website in Amharic & English: www.snnprs.gov.et

…there are many different kinds of trainings… this training is practical, simple, participatory which all participants are engaged in generating ideas and in which large and extensive topics have been able to be grasped easily…

…the team spirit is also high. What you have given us is great and useful in terms of being implemented in our work, lives and home…
SNNPRS Education Experts

Thinking School Ethiopia is collaborating with the educational bureau of the SNNPRS (The Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Regions). Thinking Schools Ethiopia facilitated a three day training with the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region (SNNPR) Education Bureau Expert Team in Yirgalem (south of Awassa).  The recent training on The Growing Thinking School Inside Out approach three day training (28 Feb, 1-2 March) was conducted for the Instructional and Administrative Leadership team of the education bureau. The whole school system approach it employs explains why the leadership team initially took the training. Thetraining creates a transparent condition in which the instructional leadership team actually assumes the roles students would play. Educators employ the powerful tools and strategies of the Thinking School Approach in actual class room conditions enabling the leaders to materially witness how students would learn in a teaching for, of, and about thinking.

Addis Ababa Education Bureau (AAEB)

“This training is a pilot project [speaking with AAEB expert team], next we’ll go to schools. We will train teachers and principals. Gradually the program will be at a national level. Let alone your job or other businesses, it helps even in our day to day life [Thinking Schools approach and methods]…”
Dilamo Otore Ferenje – Head of Addis Ababa Education Bureau (AAEB)

TSE (Thinking Schools Ethiopia / International) will be facilitating training for ten+ model schools with the Addis Ababa Education Bureau government schools. The training will include leadership teams composed of the schools leaders and key teachers who will lead the schools on whole school transformational Thinking Schools design. Previously the AAEB Experts Team received learner centered leadership training that parallels the methods for educators and the classrooms with students. This systems approach has been successfully implemented in whole schools, whole countries (Malaysia project), and in many countries.
Key contacts include:

Tigray Development Association in collaboration with Tigray Education Bureau (TDA & TEB)
Tigray Development Association online:  www.facebook.com/TDAINT

Thinking Maps is not found as vocabulary in the field of management, it is a new term. Maybe such vocabulary could be heard in the area of transformational leadership…
SNNPRS Education Expert 

TSE will be facilitating training for whole school change with the TEB experts and leadership teams from TEB schools. TDA is facilitating the collaboration with TEB and TSE.

The Tigrai Development association(TDA) was founded in 1989 in Diaspora during the Ethiopian civil war, as an apolitical,  non profit, tax exempt humanitarian organisation with chapters and support groups in Ethiopia and abroad. Today TDA has become an internationally recognized association with hundreds of thousands of members residing on the remotest areas of Tigrai and elsewhere on the globe. TDA has a vision of seeing a prosperous Ethiopia free of poverty and its mission is to be a strong development arm that supports the development efforts of the people of Tigrai. The trusty areas of intervention include: education with special emphasis on primary education, basic health services with main focus on maternal and child healthcare and targeted skill training for income generation to achieve food security for people living in drought prone areas through continual raising of resources from its members, supporters and donor organizations and with active community participation.

Thinking Schools Overview
Thinking Schools Ethiopia (TSE) has been collaborating with educators and schools in Ethiopia for the past three years using thinking skills that are student centered life long thinking skills for all students, teachers and leadership in the whole school community.

Thinking Schools Ethiopia (TSE) is a student centered approach providing thinking methods for all disciplines and grade levels in schools (K-12 + university) and as a life long learner. The approach provides a common visual language to explore, discover and learn in a collaborative environment that supports and sustains the creativity and innovation of the whole school educational community. Specifically the focus of Thinking Schools Ethiopia is using the Six Starting Points for Thinking, research based methods including:

  1. Reflective Questioning high quality questioning and listening skills (e.g. shared inquiry, questioning for inquiry)
  2. Thinking Skills explicit use of cognitive processes
  3. Visual Mapping the use of visual tools to map out ideas. (e.g. Thinking Maps).
  4. Collaborative Networking between us in pairs, groups, schools, and global networks that includes collaborative learning; collegial coaching
  5. Developing Dispositions characteristics, dispositions, and Habits of Mind are engaged
  6. Structuring a Thinking Environment considering how the physical space is organize and resources used

The Six Starting Points for Thinking are life long skills for use with problem solving in school, life and work. Thinking Schools International projects currently include over 500 UK schools; a whole country project in Malaysia; and additional projects in South Africa, USA, India, Thailand, and other countries. Thinking Schools International has experience in implementation on a school by school basis as well as whole country (iThink in Malaysia).

Support
The Thinking Schools Ethiopia project has received initial support from Thinking Foundation founder David Hyerle, Thinking Maps (use of Thinking Maps in Ethiopia) and Thinking Schools International trainer Robert Price. Thinking Schools Ethiopia is part of Eminence Social Entrepreneurs an Ethiopian organization based in Addis Ababa.

Key Weblinks:
Thinking Schools Accreditation model: www.thinkingfoundation.org

Thinking Schools International: www.thinkingschoolsinternational.com

Thinking Maps Inc.: www.thinkingmaps.com

Thinking Schools Ethiopia: www.thinkingschoolsethiopia.com

Eminence Social Entrepreneurs:  www.eminence-se.org

 

 Posted by at 8:16 pm
May 252014
 

Country: Thinking Schools Ethiopia (Chapter 11)
Pathways to Thinking Schools • Edited by David Hyerle and Larry Alper
Corwin Press • 2014

Some of the early results of the Thinking Schools Ethiopia approach offers an “outside-the-box” view of change that might catalyze change with other nations caught “inside the box” of educational traditions that have become calcified. This is because the design is framed by the idea of collaborative development. What does this mean? International development conventionally involves first-world “developed” countries extending various forms of support to third-world countries in a unilateral relationship. Aid in the way of financial funding, scientific, and intellectual innovations often flow in one direction only, as if peoples with different cultures and who simply have less industrial and/or scientifical development do not have insights into human development. Resources and capacity in development are understood within existing structures as being only in the hands of industrialized nations. Human capacity for innovation and other human resources are often overlooked or devalued.

A model of “multidirectional collaborative development” shifts this assumption and belief system to one where all participants recognize their own capacity for aiding others. Expertise is surfaced, shared, translated, and adapted to other contexts for each partner to use as they determine what is appropriate. Examples might be in environmental protection, education, agricultural sustainability, nutrition, and leadership. If the “world is flat” as Thomas Friedman (2005) has proposed, perhaps the potential of real systems change and innovation might evolve in a seemingly unlikely place (or in reality, likely) as Ethiopia if there is a two-way, leveled collaboration.

An essential dimension of the Thinking Schools approach in Ethiopia and in projects in other parts of the world, such as the country-wide implementation in Malaysia as described in Chapter 1 by David Hyerle, is the effort to network different projects and thus gain not only multidirectional development but also multidirectional knowledge creation and development. Given its history of independence and successful commitment to raising literacy levels, perhaps Ethiopia is an ideal place to begin such an ambitious effort.

Read the whole chapter: Chapter 11 – Country – Thinking Schools Ethiopia (pdf)

“In a global community, countries recognize reciprocal interests and the need and benefit of interdependence. Therefore, this new paradigm of a global community calls for Thinking Schools internationally.”
—Yvette Jackson, Chief Executive Officer
National Urban Alliance
Read the complete forward from Pathways to Thinking Schools by Yvette Jackson (pdf)

Pathways to Thinking Schools – more about the recently published book:
Give students the essential thinking skills they need to thrive.
Content-focused teaching may yield marginal improvements in test scores, but leaves students without the cognitive skills and dispositions for success in an information-overloaded world that requires deep thinking, collaborative problem solving, and emotional intelligence.

David Hyerle has brought exciting models for enabling students to drive their own thinking and learning to schools in every corner of the world, with outstanding results. In this book, Hyerle presents case studies of schools and educators who have applied these models, in some cases system-wide, to ensure every student can thrive in an increasingly complex future. Among his powerful concepts for short and long-term improvement are:

  • Visual Tools for Thinking—The nonlinguistic tools that have made Hyerle’s famous “Thinking Maps” model so successful
  • Dispositions for Mindfulness—a language for students to improve their intellectual-emotional behaviors as they learn
  • Questioning for Inquiry—A system for developing students’ abilities to ask questions in the context of a developing Community of Inquiry, including the use of Bloom’s revised Taxonomy and the Six Hats Thinking® model

Ultimately, Pathways to Thinking Schools synthesizes the potential of smart content-based teaching  with the powerful thinking skills and dispositions that supercharge the educational experience.

Read more about the book online.

 Posted by at 3:07 pm
Apr 232014
 

From the Eminence Magazine article on Thinking Schools Ethiopia:

“It goes without say1ng that in-service training plays tho role of enhancing teachers’ competence of effectively imparting lessons. The training, in my view, did constitute an enlightening and capacitating workshop as far as teachers’ roles in facilitating and suiting students’ learning. It bore the idea that enlisting students brains to learn of their physical and social environment by its’ own has in the long run the advantage of shaping independent learning at one’s own pace – their intellectual capacity. It generally is a shift towards making education students’ responsibility.”
Dagim Melese – Thinking Schools Ethiopia Trainer

I really think that Thinking maps make a big difference in my life because before Ireally didn’t read my books much because it takes too much time to understand, but now I am interested to open my exercise books make Thinking Maps to actually study and know what I am reading. We can be independent and learn by ourselves, because Thinking Maps are our teachers. They make everything easy so that we can read and remember — it makes you visualize things. Thinking Maps capture our thinking in our mind.
Hannan Abdulfetah, Grade 9 Student

Read the whole article on Thinking Schools Ethiopia from the recent edition of Eminence Social Entrepreneur’s Magazine.
Download as a pdf file

 

 Posted by at 5:54 pm
Apr 182014
 

Thinking School Ethiopia is collaborating with the educational bureau of the SNNPRS (The Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Regions). Thinking Schools Ethiopia facilitated a three day training with the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region (SNNPR) Education Bureau Expert Team in Yirgalem (south of Hawassa).

 Posted by at 2:52 am
Mar 062014
 

Thinking School Ethiopia is collaborating with the educational bureau of the SNNPRS (The Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Regions). Thinking Schools Ethiopia facilitated a three day training with the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region (SNNPR) Education Bureau Expert Team in Yirgalem (south of Awassa).  The recent training on The Growing Thinking School Inside Out approach three day training (28 Feb, 1-2 March) was conducted for the Instructional and Administrative Leadership team of the education bureau. The whole school system approach it employs explains why the leadership team initially took the training. Thetraining creates a transparent condition in which the instructional leadership team actually assumes the roles students would play. Educators employ the powerful tools and strategies of the

Thinking School Approach in actual class room conditions enabling the leaders to materially witness how students would learn in a teaching for, of, and about thinking. An environment that educators will create for training in implementing the Thinking School model of effecting quality education in the region. The training was, from the facilitators point of view, a complete success. Reflections from the Awassa based Expert Team who are leading the whole school change initiative will be posted in upcoming days (video and text) here on the TSE website / blog. Additional examples and models of the training will also be posted here.  The visual mapping below represents the experts thinking, visioning and planning for the next steps of training principals, leadership teams, then whole school training throughout the whole SNNPR region. Read more on the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region.
Dagim Melese – Co-Coordinator Thinking Schools Ethiopia

Click on the images of Thinking Maps and Mindscapes below to see a larger view. The visual maps represent collaborative teams insights and visions to implementing Thinking Schools Ethiopia approach and methods across the SNNPR region.

Professional Learning Community • Yirgalem, SNNPR, Ethiopia •  1 March 2014 

Ato Million – Head of SNNPR Education Bureau


Beginning the first day of training • 28 Februray 2014


SNNPR Education Experts Training • Slideshow Day 3 of 3 • 2 March 2014
Yirgalem, PNNPR, Ethiopia
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SNNPR Education Experts Training • Slideshow Day 2 of 3 • 1 March 2014
Yirgalem, PNNPR, Ethiopia
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SNNPR Education Experts Training • Slideshow Day 1 of 3 • 28 Februray 2014
Yirgalem, PNNPR, Ethiopia
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Head of SNNPRS Education Bureau Ato Million Mathiwos Korsisa Opening Remarks for Thinking Schools Ethiopia training with SNNPRS Education Experts • 28 Februray 2014
Yirgalem, PNNPR, Ethiopia
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Head of SNNPR Education Bureau Ato Million Mathiwos Korsisa Interview • 2 March 2014
Yirgalem, PNNPR, Ethiopia
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Feb 232014
 

Today Thinking Schools International Global Trainer Robert Price arrived in Ethiopia for meetings and trainings in Addis Ababa and Awassa for the Thinking Schools Ethiopia project. This includes professional development trainings and meetings with: Addis Ababa Education Bureau; Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State Education Bureau Expert Team; and other collaborations with Thinking Schools Ethiopia. Links: www.thinkingschoolsethiopia.com • www.eggplant.org • www.thinkingfoundation.org

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Jan 132014
 

Addis Ababa Education Bureau — Thinking Schools Ethiopia Collaborative Model

Thinking Schools Overview
Thinking Schools Ethiopia (TSE) has been collaborating with educators and schools in Ethiopia for the past three years using thinking skills that are student centered life long thinking skills for all students, teachers and leadership in the whole school community.

Thinking Schools Ethiopia (TSE) is a student centered approach providing thinking methods for all disciplines and grade levels in schools (K-12 + university) and as a life long learner. The approach provides a common visual language to explore, discover and learn in a collaborative environment that supports and sustains the creativity and innovation of the whole school educational community. Specifically the focus of Thinking Schools Ethiopia is using the Six Starting Points for Thinking, research based methods including:

  1. Reflective Questioning high quality questioning and listening skills (e.g. shared inquiry, questioning for inquiry)
  2. Thinking Skills explicit use of cognitive processes
  3. Visual Mapping the use of visual tools to map out ideas. (e.g. Thinking Maps).
  4. Collaborative Networking between us in pairs, groups, schools, and global networks that includes collaborative learning; collegial coaching
  5. Developing Dispositions characteristics, dispositions, and Habits of Mind are engaged
  6. Structuring a Thinking Environment considering how the physical space is organize and resources used

The Six Starting Points for Thinking are life long skills for use with problem solving in school, life and work. Thinking Schools International projects currently include over 500 UK schools; a whole country project in Malaysia; and additional projects in South Africa, USA, India, Thailand, and other countries. Thinking Schools International has experience in implementation on a school by school basis as well as whole country (iThink in Malaysia).

How is it different from existing approaches?
The Thinking Schools Ethiopia (TSE) approach is a whole school systems approach that building capacity inside out developing a foundation that is reflective, sustainable, collaborative and replicable. TSE is part of a greater global collaboration that supports multi-directional development. Multi-directional development is a belief system and model where all participants recognize their own capacity for aiding the others globally: ideas and innovation originate within and across ALL places globally. The Thinking Schools Ethiopia training uses research based thinking methods that are life long skills for use with problem solving in school, life and work.

Sustainability
The Thinking Schools Ethiopia model is implemented in a scaffolding model to build expertise and capacity within the whole school and the school system. This includes both the methodologies as a common way of thinking and the people with their pedagogical practice. This includes Leadership training as a key part of the whole school change of transformational design.

Methodologies
The initial Growing Thinking Schools Inside Out Training uses the Six Starting Points for Thinking as a process to develop understanding and a plan. Thinking Maps are a key method used in the initial training with significant use of collaborative learning, reflective questioning, structuring environment.

People
The training begins with building capacity with the AAEB Experts team to work collaboratively with the TSI Global Trainers and the TSE Lead Facilitators. Then the capacity is built within school principals and supervisors who train school leadership teams. The whole school staff then works collaboratively under the guidance of the leadership team. Teams of educators continue to work collaboratively at the sub-city level.

Read the plan (download pdf file).

 

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