TLAD, or Thinking Like a Disciplinarian is based on the work of Dr. Sandra Kaplan and her quest to take students deeper into content and thinking skills by adopting multiple perspectives utilized by real world professionals. TLAD is based on the idea of introducing students to the recourses, tools, thinking skills, methods professionals in the field utilize daily. While we want to practice integrating TLAD into our everyday teaching, we must first expose our students to what each Discipline is .
This comprehensive list of over 36 Disciplinarians lists each Discipline in alphabetical order. Beneath each Disciplinarian title is a description of the profession which includes incite into the thinking skills, methodology, and recourses used by each professional. The explanations are written in everyday, kid friendly language and will allow students to make inferences and draw conclusions thereby going deeper into the content and exercising higher order thinking skills.
The booklet is a great activity to have students do a quick write off of or to prompt for deeper reflection into a given task or lesson.
TLAD was deviled as a differentiated Strategy for GATE students but will aide all students in practicing the higher order thinking demanded in a common core curriculum