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Author: Alex Black
I started teaching science and mathematics in state schools in Leeds in 1982 until 1988. I have been teaching for 36 years in total, of which the last 30 years in an International School in Zürich. Here, I have taught students from late primary age until grade 12. I have many years of teaching IB Diploma Biology, Theory of Knowledge and Middle years Science.
I was also involved in a bilingual pilot project which involved teacher training of Gymnasium teachers in immersion teaching methodologies. During these three years I taught Physics in English and German in a Swiss gymnasium bilingual programme.
I am a newly appointed member of the Let’s Think Forum council. This is a continuation of my career long involvement in cognitive acceleration methodologies.
Context: Our purpose was to explore the effects of Let’s Think in English (LTE) on the quality of critical and creative thinking in the grade 5 and 6 classes in an International school in Zürich. We also wanted to explore the cognitive