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Using Thinking Dice as an informal assessment tool. Print E-mail

Thinking Dice can also be used by the teacher to aid their assessment of thinking skills. Sitting one to one or observing two children playing with the dice together the teacher can quickly identify at what level the child is working in terms of Bloom’s revised taxonomy. If they are struggling to create and answer questions with the red “Analysing die then the child is still working /thinking at lower levels, if they can confidently use the red, green blue and purple dice in many different situations then this child is using many higher order thinking strategies.

Infact, Thinking Dice can not only guide  a teacher as to whether a child is lower order thinking or higher order thinking, the dice will actually highlight a specific type of thinking the child is either confident with or finds tricky.

Reporting to to parents, teachers and inspectors on a child's thinking development is made very easy.

"Tom can confidently remember, understand and apply concepts. He is starting to move forward in terms of breaking information down into parts and analysing information, but now needs to develop his thinking skills in terms of evaluating his learning and creating new ideas."

When informally assessing children it may be useful to use the dice in conjunction with a topic that the child knows a lot about, this may not necessarily be a topic in a curriculum subject, you may wish to discuss their pets, cars, hobbies etc.  This will ensure that the teacher focused on the type of thinking happening not the content.


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