Building Thinking Classrooms
Building Thinking Classrooms, a mathematics teaching practice framework, was developed with, and for, mathematics teachers in BC.
This framework is predicated on a desire to design a classroom that is not only conducive to thinking but also occasions thinking. Thinking individuals as well as individuals thinking collectively, learning together and constructing knowledge and understanding through activity and discussion inhabit this classroom space. A classroom space wherein the teacher not only fosters thinking but also expects it, both implicitly and explicitly.
Through 12 years of empirical work on the design and testing of such spaces, a collection of nine practices that both describes a thinking classroom and offers a prescriptive framework for mathematics teachers to build such a classroom has emerged, resulting in numerous publications.
Since its completion, the popularity of this framework has spread across BC resulting in high demands to provide in-service education for K-12 mathematics teachers in Burnaby, Cranbrook, Dawson Creek, Delta, Kamloops, Kimberly, Nelson, North Vancouver, Oliver, Penticton, Prince George, Gulf Islands, Surrey, and Vernon.