Developing students listening is an important skill in music. To be able to listen to and analys a piece of music and then pick out certain aspects of it for discussion is an essential skill that we think will broaden a child’s understanding of the world around them. We have been using the thinking routine See, Think, Wonder to stimulate some deep thinking about various visual art works for the purpose of developing skills on highlighting and emphasising detail. Gradually as the students become accustomed to the routine it will be changed to Listen, Think, Wonder. Here the students will be asked to thinking about the detail in what they hear? What does it make them think about and what does the music make them wonder about?
Students will also be given the opportunity to listen to various pieces of music and will be encouraged to draw images of what comes to mind. This is important for the students to develop an awareness of their ‘minds eye’. The reasons for this is so that they will develop their reflective thinking skills which intern will lead to greater control and flexibility of their imaginations.
Both listening routines are good ways of getting the students to listen to their inner voice which is sometimes referred as self talk or metacognition. As students are encouraged to think reflectively and become more aware of their self talk they will also gain greater control of their thinking. This is important if we want to encourage creative thought amongst out students. What I mean by this is if we want our students to be creative thinkers then they need to know how to do it. Thinking divergently is one way we can encourage students to come up with original ideas. If a student is metacognitively in control then they might ask themselves “How can I do this differently?” or “Is there a better way?” or “I see this differently how can I express it?” So as students become more aware of their divergent thinking, learn to control it and value it, then they are more likely to be inclined to use it.
What are some of the ways that you might encourage students to think creatively? What approaches do you use when educating for thinking skills?