Article | Teaching to Think (Part 2)

Thank you for your overwhelming response on the first article about Teaching to Think. Most of the comments and discussions occurred on LinkedIn forums. We request visitors to please put your comments in the comment box that appears at the end of the article, so that members from the teaching community who are registered on this site benefit from the exchange of thoughts and knowledge.

Many experts who commented on LinkedIn pointed out that teachers should model “think aloud” strategies in order to teach students how to think. So, we decided to cover the “think aloud” strategy in this article.

While we were reading up information, we came across a book “THE THINK ALOUD METHOD – A practical guide to modelling cognitive processes” written by “Maarten W. van Someren, Yvonne F. Barnard and Jacobijn A.C. Sandberg” of the Department of Social Science Informatics, University of Amsterdam.

This book describes the “Think Aloud” process in detail (across 167 pages). We thought that the book does a great job at explaining the process of “teaching to think” and hence instead of writing an article to explain the concept, we are sharing a link to the book.

If you are not too interested in getting into the details of cognitive models, then you could only read Chapters 1-3.

Resource [PDF]: THE THINK ALOUD METHOD – A practical guide to modelling cognitive processes

We are also providing below some videos that show how teachers model the “think aloud” strategy in classrooms.

Video: Math think aloud….instructional comprehension strategy – Jeffrey Allen models think aloud to teach his students how he solves a math problem.

Video: MINI-LECTURE #2 Read aloud Think aloud – Marsha Buerger, a middle school science teacher demonstrates models think aloud to teach her students how she finds articles found on the Internet.

Video: Mrs. Neltner’s Think Aloud – Mrs. Neltner, a second grade teacher teaches second grade teachers how to think about the meaning of the text they read.

Do drop a line in the comments box below to let us know if you found the book and resources useful and also share your thoughts about the “think aloud” strategy.


Kanchan Shine

Kanchan Shine

Passionate about everything related to education. I believe that the best kind of learning happens through play, experiments and fun! I love watching how children learn and love to implement play-based, hands-on teaching approaches. I get my thrill by planning activities for my children (6 yo girl & 3 yo boy) and watching them learn while having fun!

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