Summarise the SPACE contribution to developing thinking classrooms

WaiLite A;
SPACE - response behaviours used by successful teachers to create the right atmosphere to learn HoM (Habits of Mind)
S= silence (wait time),
P= providing data (feedback/feed forward)
A= accepting without judgement (students feel safe)
C= clarifying (teacher needs more information)
E= empathising (teacher acknowledges emotion & understanding)

All students can develop and improve - it's a lifelong process.
Teacher makes clear that the responsibility for thinking belongs to the student.
It needs to be taught directly and continually revisited - in every subject and often.
Students must work in a rich environment and have access to many resources - books, internet, people, field trips etc.
They need to be taught in a sequence which matches the student's development.
Students need to track their own learning and continually reflect - teacher guided discussions are necessary as are opportunities to use HoM.

WaiLite B:

Silence: Wait time, minimum 3 secs but for higher level cognitive tasks 5 secs. Wait time is important to increse the level of cognitive functioning and academic achievement and decrease the number of behavioural problems.
Providing Data:
7 different ways of providing data.
Purpose is to guide learners to process data:
  • Classifying
  • feedback regarding performance
  • "I" messages - personal information
  • finding data and information for themselves through experimenting with materials
  • making inferences
  • providing reference materials
  • responding to students requests.
  • labelling the thinking process or behaviour
Accepting without Judgement:
  • Accepting all comments
  • Watch your passive feedback- face/body
  • paraphrasing-repeating what Child had said to make sure you understood them correctly
  • The teacher does not understand what the student says and needs more information. This teaches Chn that their ideas are valued and worthy of exploration.
  • Shows that the concept is understood and the emotion behind it is also understood.

Develop an example of how you might use this in a classroom / centre / staff meeting

Successful teachers use the following five kinds of response behaviours to create an atmosphere in which students experience and practice the habits of