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Greenberg has developed 10 Building Blocks Of Thinking from her work with
These are prerequisite skills upon which thought processes are based. The teacher evaluates the learner's level
of competency and use of these Building Blocks and seeks to help develop those that are
- Approach to Task: Beginning, engaging with, and completing an event, including gathering information, thinking about the task and situation, and expressing thoughts, feelings and/or actions related to the task and situation..
- Precision and Accuracy: Awareness of the need to
automatically be exact and correct in understanding and using words and
- Space and Time Concepts: Understanding basic ideas about how things relate in size, shape, and distance to one another (space); and the ability to understand measurement of the period between two or more events and/or changes that occur due to these periods (time).
- Thought Integration: Pulling together and using at the same time multiple sources of information which are a part of a given event.
- Selective Attention: Choosing relevant pieces of information when considering thoughts or events.
- Making Comparisons: Awareness of the need to automatically examine the relationship between events and ideas, especially in determining what is the same and what is different.
- Connecting Events: Awareness of the need to automatically associate one activity with another and use this association in a meaningful manner.
- Working Memory: Enlarging the thinking space in order to enter bits of information from the mental act, retrieve information stored in the brain, and make connections among the information gathered.
- Getting the Main Idea: Awareness of the need to automatically find a fundamental element that related pieces of information have in common.
- Problem Identification: Awareness of the need to automatically experience and define within a given situation what is causing a feeling of imbalance.