I am knowledgeable, inquisitive and innovative

Knowledgeable (making or building knowledge)

Sharing my thinking
e.g. drawing my thinking, thinking out loud, talking with others about my thinking, suggesting reasons

Considering all the possibilities and options carefully

Using a variety of thinking strategies to help me reason/think things through
e.g. collaborative thinking, exploring perspectives, synthesising

Analysing the reasoning I have used to come to a conclusion 
e.g. is it sound? Is there enough evidence available to justify my conclusion?

Examining counter-arguments to my reasoning

Showing how I feel about what I have achieved or engaged in
e.g. showing that I am pleased or disappointed with an outcome/solution

Checking whether the outcome is what I wanted it to be
e.g. did my construction turn out how it was supposed to?

Explaining and justifying procedures and outcomes 
e.g. a product, performance or approach

Evaluating effectiveness of procedures considering both expected and unexpected outcomes
e.g. did my research / investigation reach the expected conclusions and if not, what does that mean going forward?

Identifying alternative procedures and evaluating for effectiveness in achieving desired outcomes 
e.g. recognising where processes in my workplace lack efficiency and evaluating alternative ways of performing the task

Using my ideas in different ways

Connecting what I know from one situation to make new meaning in another similar situation
e.g. I know that authors use techniques to engage the audience and I can use those in my writing

Applying what I know from one situation to an unrelated situation to provide a different perspective 
e.g. considering a historical or ecological perspective when planning for a re-development of land in the community

Justifying decisions made in deliberately transferring information from one context to another
e.g. giving reasons for applying a Christian perspective to developing an argument

Interchanging alternative knowledge to assist the creation of new ideas 
e.g. how will an idea be different if I apply scientific knowledge or artistic knowledge?


Exploring and experimenting with ideas 
e.g. verbally such as I wonder, how can I? What happens if? Or non-verbally such as exploring how objects can work

Identifying, comparing and clarifying information

Investigating causes and consequences
e.g. how can I make sense of this? Why might this have happened? 

Examining assumptions and misunderstandings
e.g. what assumptions do people make about issues such as unemployment, what would Catholic Social Teaching say about these assumptions?

Critically analysing complex issues and abstract ideas

Representing ideas or understandings
e.g. through a picture, using concrete resources or imaginative play

Finding similarities and differences
e.g. finding patterns, noticing similarities between stories

Organising information according to category, relevance or priority
e.g. facts vs opinions, trustworthy sources, chronological order, importance

Analysing information according to criteria
e.g. how well reasoned is it? Is it valid, reliable, relevant, does it contain bias?

Critiquing information using perspectives
e.g. considering the value of the information in the big picture or by focusing in on specific details

Responding to questions about my learning
e.g. what do I think will happen? What am I wondering about? How has my thinking changed?

Describing my thinking and identifying the thinking strategies I use
e.g. work backwards, think with someone else, make a diagram

Reflecting on the processes I use to come to conclusions and adjusting my thinking if necessary 
e.g. trying out other strategies to test my conclusions

Assessing assumptions or exploring opposing viewpoints in my thinking

Exploring and correcting weaknesses in my thinking processes
e.g. habits I have developed such as negative self-talk, not thinking divergently


Exploring new ideas through collaborative play

Discovering connections between things or ideas 

Expanding on or combining ideas in a variety of ways to create new possibilities
e.g. re-designing a product which incorporates a new purpose or function

Exploring connections and ideas using abstract mechanisms
e.g. symbolism, analogy

Applying systems thinking to explore complex ideas or problems  
e.g. exploring the interconnections between targeted approaches when designing an exercise program

Exploring a variety of resources to help me solve a problem or explore an idea

Trying out different creative ways to solve a problem or explore an idea

Using creative thinking strategies 
e.g. ideation, elaborating on ideas, collaborative thinking

Seeking a variety of information to inform planning or draw conclusions
e.g. considering existing research, experimentation, previously drawn conclusions

Speculating, adapting and modifying ideas when circumstances change 
e.g. responding to community feedback when designing blueprints for a new common area 

Investigating ideas or problems using trial and error
e.g. experimenting to find the right equipment when building in the sandpit

Investigating options and predicting possible outcomes

Experimenting, assessing and testing options to identify the most effective solutions

Predicting, identifying and testing possible consequences 
e.g. assessing risks and contingencies

Taking calculated risks and reflecting on impact of action
e.g. in what ways was the course of action successful or a failure and what learning can I take from this?

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