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What If …?. Take some time to completely let go of rigid thinking patterns, to break traditional mind sets and encourage creative thinking . Give the “What If …” questions a try! Then, try to create some on your own!.  Please sign in . Welcome to Irwin’s K-1 LI/TD PLC. July 16, 2012

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What If …?

Take some time to completely let go of rigid thinking patterns, to break traditional mind sets and encourage creative thinking.

Give the “What If …” questions a try!

Then, try to create some on your own!


Please sign in 

Welcome to Irwin’s K-1 LI/TD PLC

July 16, 2012

5:00 – 6:00

tonight s agenda
Tonight’s Agenda
  • Welcome and hellos
  • Review our PLC’sNorms
  • CogAT review & tips
  • Anchor Activity Review: What if …
  • Questioning: An Overview
  • Q & A
    • Thinking ahead … Our next meeting is August 20, 2012 @ 6:00
today became great when you arrived
Today became great when you arrived!
  • Thank you for coming!
  • Let’s introduce ourselves…
    • Hello!
    • Your Name
    • Child’s name & rising grade level
our plc s norms
Our PLC’s Norms

Start & End on Time

Cell phones on silent

Materials and/or “Take Aways” will be made available on-line or as hard copies

Respect All Ideas

Present & Engaged

Listen Attentively & Participate

a brace map cogat basics
A Brace Map: CogAT Basics

Picture Analogies


Sentence Completion

Picture Classification

Number Analogies



Number Puzzles

Number Series

Figure Matrices


Paper Folding

Figure Classification

cogat tips
CogAT Tips
  • Take the pressure off!
    • Play a game
    • Read a good book
    • Ask your child how he/she is feeling and give reassurance
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Eat a good breakfast
  • Encourage good listening skills and patience
  • Love your child for who they are!
questioning to encourage thinking
Questioning to Encourage THINKING

Recall (skinny)

Procedural (skinny)--------------------------

Foster Thinking (fat)

fat and skinny questions
Fat and Skinny Questions
  • How do these two questions differ?
    • How many legs do you have?
    • How would your life be different if you had three legs?
  • “ The three legs question is fat because it takes up a lot of space in your brain to think of an answer. The two legs is sknny because it hardly takes up any thinking space.”

- Mackenzie, 2nd grade

  • When your child asks, “Why?”
  • Be a consultant!
  • Help your child apply, analyze and evaluate.
  • Create an atmosphere that is safe and encourages:
    • Mental risks
    • Processing time
    • Open mindedness
    • Creativity
    • Security in thinking
  • Example Question:
    • - Why do cars have doors?
  • Example Responses:
    • - Good question, what do you think about that?
    • - Good question, how could you find out?
    • - I don’t know, what ideas do you have?
  • Question Stems
    • What if…
    • How many ways … / What are all the ways …
    • How would you feel if …
    • What belongs…
      • Ex. Find 3 things that belong together and one that does not. Explain…
    • How come …
  • How are ___ and ___ alike/different?
    • Blue & Purple
    • Blue jeans and blue jays
    • The sky and elephants
    • Mailboxes and Lakes
wait time
Wait Time

Provide time for reflection

Children my be resistant to “having to think”

Increasing the wait time and you increase the quality of the questions you ask

A typical adult waits only 2.5 seconds for a child to respond to a question. Slowly work up to a “wait time” of 10 seconds or more.

Stop answering ALL our own questions. Research indicates we answer nearly 90% of our own questions. Try to lower to 50% or less.

  • Q&A
  • Next Time …
        • CogAT Prep continued –August 20, 2012 @ 6 pm

Review of Purchased Materials

Building Thinking Skills

CogAT prep