Complex Thinking

Challenging childrens’ thinking toward cognitive complexity.


Melting Ice


Campus Children’s Center
Age of Students: 2 years

The teacher and a small group of toddlers examine melting blocks of ice. The teacher encourages complex thinking by asking probing questions and having the children think about and describe what they see.


Reptile Math

 Hawai‘i Public School
Grade level: 3

The teacher and a small group of students work together to solve word problems. The teacher uses a science book to create math questions, comparing science facts about various animals. The teacher assesses students’ understanding and assists them, advancing their thinking as they solve the word problems.