Culture of Thinking

The culmination of ESAA’s philosophy is learning to use one’s mind well. At the core are creativity, critical thinking and innovation. Habits of Mind, Habits of Learning and Thinking Routines are imbedded in the academics, the arts, and the project-based learning students experience at ESAA.

Thinking Routines from Harvard University’s Project Zero are integrated into literacy and numeracy as well as all areas of our curriculum.  Core thinking routines make thinking visible and focus on:

Interpretation with justification
Deep inquiry
Active reasoning and explanation
Exploring diverse perspectives
Examining propositions 
Reflecting on the how and why of changes in thinking
Exploring works of art or interesting things