The Thinking Environment is about providing a framework within which we can each express what we are thinking, freely and without interruption. Developed by Nancy Kline through decades of working with coaching clients, it lends itself ideally to the classroom.
If you are familiar with concepts of mindfulness, active listening and a coach approach to teaching, a Thinking Environment will make sense to you.
The list with details of each component is on the Time to Think website. For convenience, I have copied the list here. Each link will take you directly to the original website. Do take time to explore what's there, I especially enjoy reading the case studies and articles.
Consider the following when aiming to enable your learner to do the best thinking they can. We think best when:
This is the video I show a part of during the session. While Nancy is coming from a coaching perspective, I believe we can legitimately substitute "coaching" for "teaching" and apply much of what she says to our classroom situations. What do you think?