Thinker's Keys

Thinker's Keys Explained

The Thinker's Keys are a range of question starters developed by Tony Ryan. They are designed to engage and motivate students in divergent thinking activities and provide a framework for teachers when developing units of work.

There are 20 keys designed to motivate learners in many different contexts to help deepen their thinking and encourage students to think outside the box. Thinkers keys can be used in many ways and situations, they are a really powerful tool that can be used to help unlock critical and creative thinking abilities that ALL learners have. Thinking Keys focus on core thinking skills and must be delivered in context.

  • There are 20 thinking keys. 10 purple keys and 10 orange keys.

  • Purple keys represent critical thinking and orange represents creative thinking.

  • Each key is a specific thinking process.

  • They are a range of question or task starters.

  • They are twenty different activities that introduce different ways of higher-order thinking.

  • They are individual tasks.



Sources: Coburg North PS, Tony Ryan - Thinking Keys

Introduction to Thinker's Keys

Run Time: 2:37 - Aug 17, 2012

Thinkers Keys Booklet

Thinkers Keys Booklet.pdf
Source: Tony Ryan - Thinking Keys
The Thinker's Booklet provides a complete explanation on how to use the Thinkers keys with your students to promote thinking

The Thinking Organiser

Master Sheet Colour.pdf
Source: Tony Ryan - Thinking Keys
The Thinking Organiser sheet helps students to get their thinking organised, regardless of how few or how many Thinkers Keys that they use at any one time. See pages 3-12 in the Thinkers Keys Booklet

The Thinking Keys

Clink/Tap on a key for information about the key (Purple Keys = Critical Thinking; Orange Keys = Creative Thinking)


Source: Tony Ryan - Thinking Keys

Decision

Info

Rubrics

Action

Perspectives

Purpose

Reflection

Consequences

Question

Three Whys

Brainstorming

Combinations

Improvements

Challenge

Inventions

BAR

Brick Wall

In Common

Reverse

Prediction

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