Plus, Minus, Interesting (PMI)Also known as: evaluating, judging
PMI is a critical thinking tool used to generate discussion around the positives, negatives and interesting ideas associated with a particular idea or concept. It:
- provides educators with a valuable tool when leading classroom discussions about difficult decisions, issues or situations
- encourages students to examine ideas and concepts from different perspectives
- was developed by Dr. Edward de Bono, who also created the Six Thinking Hats.
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How to use with ICT
- Check out the Graphic organisers (Icon prompt template) and Six Thinking Hats activity cards for other templates that support students to investigate concepts from different perspectives.
|PMI chart||PMI chart||Short description on the PMI chart and a downloadable template from the University of South Australia.|
|PMI activity explained by Cathy Costello||Cathy Costello explains the PMI activity||Extended description about the PMI technique, including examples of other PMI structures.|
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Students with disability
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Assessing and identifying high potential and gifted learners will help teachers decide which students may benefit from extension and additional challenge. Effective strategies and contributors to achievement for high potential and gifted learners helps teachers to identify and target areas for growth and improvement. School leaders can access the Evaluation and Planning Tool to support strategic improvement planning.
Recognising the diversity of high potential and gifted students represented in classrooms across 4 domains of potential can be explored further by accessing illustrations of practice.
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