A Thinking Fair – British School of Sofia

A range of strategies has already been introduced to help its students become more independent thinkers and learners and a systematic and structured approach has been developing intelligent learning behaviours within the school culture.  This is easily seen in all classrooms, which are adorned with large ‘thinking trees’ as visual metaphorical images wich pupils are able to climb mentally.

In early May this year, teachers and students at the school organised their first ever Thinking Fair.  The aim was to celebrate the embedding of congitive education. Twelve classrooms were transformed into Thinking Rooms where visitors had the pleasure to explore thinking skills and strategies, such as Thinking Maps and Habits of Mind.  In each room, there were exhibitions, sharing examples of pupils work as well as unique workshops enabling visitors to think reflectively, critically and creatively.


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Ten graders, there were special colour-coded tickets, leading to five different routes.  After visiting the Thinking rooms, all guests were welcomed at the playground to attend the official ceremony of accrediting BSS as a Thinking-Based Learning School by Robert Swartz.


The whole ethos of British School of Sofia is centered around thinking.  The school’s staff and students feel their first Thinking Fair was a huge success and they hope it will be just the beginning of many more to come.


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Sofiya Pimpilova
Primary Teacher