Robert Seth Price • Mobile Critical Thinking Tools

Mobile Critical Thinking Tools

Collaborative Processes, Visual Tools,
Frame of Reference, Questioning Models,
Thinking Environments

“In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction.”
—Audre Lorde

Critical Thinking Tools is the core, and grounding, of what supports and develops authentic student engagement. Student engagement is what keeps us as educators motivated in classrooms and our learning communities. This should be an environment for all students, in all schools, and in all places. Equity consciousness is grounded in belief and belonging.

Critical Thinking Guide

  • Collaborative Processes
    Collaborative Learning, Peer to Peer Coaching and Community Building Exercises.
  • Visual Tools and Mapping
    Visual Maps for brainstorming, cause/effect, compare/contrast, categories, sequencing, relationships/analogies, perspectives for expanding thinking with frames of reference.
  • Frame of Reference
    Cultural Frame of Reference, Schema, Depth and Complexity.
  • Questioning for Inquiry Models
    Powerful Questions, Guiding Questions and Socratic Method / Shared Inquiry.
  • Creating a Thinking Environment
    Belief, People, Objects and Materials.

You can download the Mobile Critical Thinking Tools guide, and additionally I would recommend the current collaborations with The Pedagogy of Confidence Leadership Action Guide as a resource. This collaboration with Yvette Jackson includes many of the models, methods and strategies within along with practical implementation modules, how to for many strategies, structures for implementation and research.

Robert’s skills include:

  • An expert with visual tools, building community, inquiry, creative approaches 
  • Developing custom trainings for whole schools, school districts and organizations. This includes on-site, virtual and hybrid.
  • Writing and critical thinking tools
  • Implementing grass roots initiatives
  • Engage audiences of any size
  • Producing achievable and sustainable outcomes

Literacy: Reading and Writing

  • Phonics Expertise
  • Vocabulary Expertise
  • Visual Mapping for writing and presentation K-12 (Thinking Maps Trainer)
  • Questioning for Inquiry (Junior Great Books Trained) K-12
  • Writing Expertise
  • Student Centered
  • Writing across the Curriculum

Media, Design, Video and Software

  • Adobe Suite & Microsoft Suite
  • Final Cut Pro • video editing
  • Webpage design & coding including HTML
  • Databases and Spreadsheets
  • Technology as a integrated tool
  • Filming and Video
  • Vintage animation
  • Social Media

Media, Design, Writing and Video Portfolio

Robert Seth Price Media, Design, Writing and Video Portfolio.
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University of California Photo Museum

Five year collaboration with the museum where Robert Seth Price’s class and his colleague Joya Baker’s classroom (grades 1-3) at Hoffer Elementary School in Banning, CA engaged with pinhole photography, writing, digital photography, Photoshop (initially 1.0 on small Macs), video, writing and more forms of visual media. These yearlong explorations included a multi week exhibition of their work on the main floorspace of the Photography Museum. This was an excellent example project based learning, cultural frame of reference, situating learning in the lives of students (and families). Each year for five years there was one hundred percent attendance for an opening with school buses bringing the families.

Video of CD Rom supported by Kodak and the University of California Photo Museum to develop an example of using media with students. Play and see the second and third grade students voicing their visions with pinhole cameras, vintage animation, digital cameras, video, sculpture, writing and more. 

Hot Fudge Productions

Hot Fudge Productions was a company Robert Seth Price owned with Dan Polhamus that created, manufactured and distributed Flexible Picture Phonograph Records. Located Bellflower, CA, clients included a Latvian poet, Island Records, Congressman Glenn Anderson, The National Comedy Network and others.

Composition: Danny Polhamus
Producer: Herb Jimmerson
Singer: Vi Jimmerson
Photography: Keith Nakata
Voiceover: Robert Seth Price

Island Records Christmas Promo that is a montage of the year’s hits including U2 and many others. The main track the hits weave through is Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. The card was sent to Island Records clients as a Christmas card.

As the NY Times reported on July 21, 1984 ‘Members of Congress like to say their records speak for themselves. In the case of Representative Glenn M. Anderson, Democrat of California, it is a fact…. to introduce himself to some of his new constituents before the June 5 primary, Mr. Anderson made a record.’ Also view the letter (pdf) sent with the flexi record from Representative Augustus Hawkins who is also on the record.


Current, Recent, Previous
Robert Seth Price’s collaborations with equity consciousness using critical thinking tools include visual tools, inquiry, frame of reference, collaborative processes and creating a critical thinking environment. His student centered and participant centered approach is important with all his collaborations. 


The Pedagogy of Confidence Action Guide
A collaboration with Dr. Yvette Jackson we are currently developing an interactive website as a companion to The Pedagogy of Confidence. The Action Guide is real time implementation of Yvette Jackson’s important research and books on equity consciousness, High Operational Practices (HOPs) and mindfulness for High Intellectual Performances (HIPs). The action guide includes instructive video clips; modules for implementation; structures and strategies; amplifying student voice; and more.


National Urban Alliance (NUA) • Senior Scholar
As a senior scholar with National Urban Alliance I have collaborated with NUA in many ways over the past two decades including amplifying student voice; facilitating professional development in person, hybrid and virtual; visioning with founder Dr. Eric Cooper; modeling implementation of technologies. Current Projects:  Redwood City, CA; Newark, NJ; Osseo, MN; Core Management Team.
These are examples of websites I created and implemented with documentation for district collaborations, and purpose of the institutes. There are many video examples of my work and the collaborations:  Redwood City;  Newark;  Osseo; NUA Summer Institute 2021; and  NUA Summer Institute 2020.


The CLEAR Model
I am currently collaborating with Dr. Rev Hillstrom and Intercultural Innovations Inc. with visioning and the online implementation of The CLEAR Model that he has developed. The online presence includes an overview of the model in text, video and audio; specific systems tools; and other support materials for The CLEAR Model.


Touching the Spirit • Augusta Mann
I have collaborated with Augusta in many capacities for the past two decades with her Touching the Spirit research and model for accelerated learning with African American children and youth. Our collaborations include hundreds of professional development sessions; developing her website; developing the Patreon subscriber site; visioning video development; more.


Thinking Schools Ethiopia
Robert facilitated collaborations in Ethiopia with Thinking Schools Ethiopia (K-12) including collaborations in Addis Ababa, Hossana, Hawassa and SNNPR, Tigray and more. The collaborations included creating a Thinking Schools Ethiopia action guide for use in the field and a website documenting the implementation with professional development regionally and on school sites (city and rural). The website includes collaborators, video, text on the implementation and more.


The Thinking Foundation & Thinking Schools International
Founded by Thinking Maps creator David Hyerle, the focus is on research of visual tools. I collaborated with Dr. Hyerle on visioning; technology developments including for qualitative documentation; co-authored the initial Thinking Schools International guide; co-produced the Thinking Foundation backed film Minds of Mississippi including developing an educators guide.
Additionally – an earlier Thinking Foundation website I created in collaboration with David to share video documentation; current research on Thinking Maps and thinking tools; Thinking Friends for Pre-K and more.


Critical Thinking Health Care Ethiopia
Student and Patient Centered

Collaborations in Ethiopia with multiple government hospitals (St. Paul’s Millennium Hospital and Medical College; Mekelle University Hospital and Health Sciences College) and mental health workers.  Examples include:
• Thinking Healthcare with St. Paul’s Millennium Hospital and Medical College 
•  Student Centered and Patient Centered Critical Thinking Healthcare Ethiopia with Mekelle University Hospital and College
• Connective Leadership with mental health professionals in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

California Institute of the Arts College (CalArts)
Art and Graphic Design Departments
Robert collaborated with the faculty on how to better transfer their important content to the students through facilitation, visual mapping, and communication. This included professional development with both departments and demonstration lessons with students including content and formal critiques. The faculty observed students who rarely participated in discussions were actively involved. The faculty noted it is possible to elicit involvement from students. The students visually mapping the components of a critique prior to us doing a critique created a discussion on the value of visually seeing the components helped them more deeply understand the methods of critiquing. Students better understood as a result of visual mapping.
Youth Development Collaborative (YDC)
Morino Institute, Washington D.C.
Robert facilitated over a two year period monthly professional development or youth program staff from fourteen housing agencies to teaching and curriculum development strategies for technology-enriched, out-of-school learning programs. It additionally supported collaboration development with the various agencies. The YDC workshops were documented by a professional videographer, a reporter, and a stenographer.

Designs for Thinking

Designs for Thinking is a group of educational consultants implementing Thinking Maps® and Software in whole learning communities, from pre-kindergarten through college.  The Goals and Objectives were to use video and DVD to capture Thinking Maps in action by schools from pre-k through college in the United States and internationally. The video is used for action research to facilitate a deeper understanding and effective use of Thinking Maps.
Connecticut Voices for Children
My role as a circuit rider was a connector and provided insights for a policy focused non-profit for children and youth.
Hot Fudge Productions and Record Company
Music: Robert co-owned a record label, Hot Fudge Productions, that focused on Flexible Picture Phonograph Records. 

Books and Publications

Growing Thinking Schools Inside and Out
co-written by David Hyerle and Robert Seth Price
Download highlights including the contents (pdf)
Tigrinya language translation (pdf)

Minds of Mississippi Handbook
Co-written by Larry Alper and Robert Seth Price
Download the complete guide (pdf)
Banning, CA History (for third graders)
Co-written by Joya Baker and Robert Seth Price
Download the complete book (pdf)
Developing Thinking Environments
By Robert Seth Price
Download the handbook front matter (pdf)
Thinking Schools Ethiopia
Chapter in Pathways to Thinking Schools (2014, Corwin Press). Download the chapter (pdf)

Examples of Collaborations

Video, Documentation, Film, Text

“No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you.”
—Althea Gibson

Peer to Peer Coaching is an important part of our collaborations.
see more about on the Pedagogy of Confidence website
Who Am I a multi week module for developing understanding of the classroom and school community.
see more

The examples below include a media component with a brief caption, and weblink in multiple categories:

  • Amplifying Student Voice
  • Professional Development with Educators and Education Leaders
  • Use of Video for Learning
  • Qualitative Documentation with Schools
  • As a Film Director, Videographer, Editor and Producer
  • Website Development and implementation including visioning and content development
  • Professional Development with Health Care

Amplifying Student Voice

Amplifying Student voice is a focus of their own cultural frame of reference with critical thinking tools with students acting on their potential to produce the high intellectual performances that can motivate self-directed learning, self-actualization, and self-transcendence.  

“Students must have initiative; they should not be mere imitators. They must learn to think and act for themselves, and be free.”
—Cesar Chavez

Redwood City School District, CA collaboration with Amplifying Student Voice and NUA

What is Student Voice? Short video hearing from students on their perspectives of what is student voice.

Newark Public Schools, NJ collaboration with NUA: University High School

Student Voice Social Justice explorations with High Operational Practices and school wide installations.

Professional Development with Educators and Education Leaders

Four grade 4-5 teachers at Clifford School (K-8), Redwood City School District, CA, share their reflections on the collaboration and implementation.

Four teachers are interviewed by their district coach about the collaboration with Robert Price and National Urban Alliance. 
more about the Redwood City School District, CA NUA  collaboration.

Fair Oaks Elementary, Osseo Area Schools, MN. Regular collaboration including virtual Pre-K, K-5.

Osseo school leadership share our collaborative experience.
more about the Osseo Area Schools NUA collaboration.

As a Film Director, Videographer, Editor and Producer

Video as part of the learning process has been part of Robert’s collaborations since having students (first, second and third grades) use VHS tapes to see themselves presenting. This continues since then and into the present with many of the examples on this site.

Robert Seth Price is a co-producer for The Minds of Mississippi (2013), a Thinking Foundation funded documentary film. 

The documentary captures the efforts of the educators and community improving student achievement levels through a focus on thinking, and becoming the top performing school district in Mississippi which they continue to sustain even after the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina. 

The film was directed, produced & filmed by Robert Seth Price in collaboration with filming and editing by Charles Jones.

The HeArt Project, an out of school program that creatively links teenagers attending alternative high schools work with professional artists in workshops, public presentations, residencies, and scholarships. 

Qualitative Documentation with Schools

Multiple student and teacher interviews on their implementation of Pedagogy of Confidence in collaboration with National Urban Alliance.

Buffalo Public School 61 in collaboration with National Urban Alliance. Robert facilitated professional development with Augusta Mann including documenting the collaboration.
see more videos

Compilation documenting Thinking Maps implementation district wide (5′ 53″) from 39 video clips spanning Pre-K, elementary, middle school and high schools.

Roosevelt Unified School District in collaboration with Designs for Thinking and The Thinking Foundation.
see more videos

Website Development and Implementation

Pedagogy of Confidence
Website visioning with The Pedagogy of Confidence author and researcher Dr. Yvette Jackson to co-develop and co-author an interactive companion site to the book and methods. I have collaborated with the content, created the website, and field testing with the website.

The CLEAR Model
Website visioning and creation for Dr. Rev Hillstrom CLEAR Model to take the process to scale.

Documentation Websites for NUA
The purpose has been two-fold: to qualitatively document the implementation of NUA initiatives with school districts, and to create a place and platform for whole district participation. There are three examples I developed, created and incorporated many of my examples of documentation:

Professional Development with Healthcare • Ethiopia

Thinking Healthcare Ethiopia with St. Paul’s Millennium Hospital and Medical College.

Student Centered and Patient Centered Critical Thinking Healthcare Ethiopia with Mekelle University Hospital and College