Partners to teachers, schools and school boards
What we do
I-Think works with educators to bring thinking and problem solving skills and tools into the classroom
I-Think works with schools and school boards who believe that teaching thinking and problem-solving strategies is critical for student success. I-Think offers professional development workshops for educators, curriculum integration and design planning, and speaking engagements.
Professional Development Workshops for Educators
I-Think workshops are designed to provide tools that educators can bring to bear in their own practice and teach to their students. Our customized workshops provide teams of educators, whether teachers, school administrators or school board leaders, an opportunity to explore opposing models, creating breakthrough ideas and practicing with real-time integration. For teachers, workshops are crafted to provide opportunities to collaborate with other educators on practical ideas for the application of Integrative Thinking in the classroom. For leaders in a school community, workshops are tailored to provide an opportunity to work through challenges that you face, arming you with the skills to come to a creative resolution.
If you are interested in learning more about our professional development workshops, please contact
Curriculum Integration and Design
We work directly with teachers to co-develop Integrative Thinking approaches, modules and exercises that are translatable to specific grade levels and subject areas. Often following on from a customized Integrative Thinking workshop, we collaborate with educators on shaping their pedagogy and the student experience to include practical applications of Integrative Thinking.
Here are some examples of recent partnerships:
- With the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), I-Think has worked with John Polanyi Collegiate Institute (JPCI) since 2010 to design and implement a curriculum plan that integrates problem-solving curriculum for all students at all grade levels at the school. This collaboration is crafted so that threads of Integrative Thinking will be woven into the daily lives of the students. Some key outcomes include:
- An elective grade 12 course in leadership and Integrative Thinking
- Customized content modules of Integrative Thinking across different classes, in different grades
- Leadership opportunities for pioneering teachers to lead their school towards a school-wide initiative that actively fosters Integrative Thinking
- New and meaningful leadership opportunities for students to participate actively in school-based problem-solving that supports their community
As we continue our work with JPCI, we have embarked on partnerships with Lakeshore Collegiate Institute
(LCI) and Ledbury Park Elementary and Middle School
to train their teachers and staff, working together to embed Integrative Thinking into their curricula.
At St. Clement’s School, an independent girl’s school in Toronto, we are collaborating with teachers and leaders to craft a curriculum that arms students in grade 7 and 8 with problem-solving skills that will support them throughout their academic careers. Using the Integrative Thinking framework and research in cognitive decision making, teacher will introduce grade 7 students to specific tools to help them explore their own thinking. In grade 8, students will be asked to apply what they’ve learned to work through a challenging and meaningful problem in their community. This curriculum integration approach is intended to instill in these students the confidence to tackle wicked problems through their academic career and beyond.
At The Sterling Hall School, we have partnered with Erica Sprules, a science specialist for Grades 1, 2 and 4, to modify some of the tools of Integrative Thinking for use with elementary-aged students. Sprules is currently using Integrative Thinking tools to help Grade 2 students learn to work better in teams.
Our curriculum design and integration work is a customized, consultative process, oriented towards specific organizational objectives.
Please contact I-Think@rotman.utoronto.ca for more information.
Our team develops and delivers comprehensive presentations to explain how Integrative Thinking can inform educational pedagogy, its connection to the current state of our education systems and its connection to oft-touted 21st Century Skills. Presentations introduce the concepts of Integrative Thinking, tools and processes as well as specific examples of success in the classroom. Custom exercises can be developed to help audiences experience the Integrative Thinking process.
Recent speaking engagements include:
- Panel at New York Times Education Forum
- Global Ideas Institute, a joint venture of University of Toronto Schools and the Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
- University of Toronto Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation Symposium
Please contact I-Think@rotman.utoronto.ca
for more information.