I heard about Making Thinking Visible, a researched based approach to teaching thinking that began at Harvard’s project Zero, at a webinar through the Future of Education with @stevehargadon. This is an incredible way to use fairly simple classroom teaching routines to help us become better teachers and to promote deeper thinking, and creative, independent, problem-solving in our K-12 students.
There are many resources out there to teach us how to use questioning as a strategy, but this approach is unique and worth exploring.
From the book:
- we have two chief goals: (1) creating opportunities for thinking and (2) making students’ thinking visible.
- (we) grouped routines around three categories: Introducing and Exploring, Synthesizing and Organizing, Digging Deeper
- (the routines) take on more power when used to support students’ ongoing learning across a unit, that is, to build an arc of learning rather than to craft a single episode
- (we) grouped routines from those that tend to be used early on in a unit, to those that come in the middle, to those that often serve a more culminating function.
As I always want to do when I find something incredible, I want to get a group of us together to work through this as a PLN. This looks like an excellent way to meld two things that are in our world right now: Common Core Standards and higher teaching standards.