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Making Thinking Visible

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Riki Kochar

on 6 January 2014

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Making Thinking Visible
The Mission
•Learning to think and thinking to learn

•Fostering engagement, 
uncovering understanding, and 
promoting independence within 
a classroom culture of thinking

•Teachers modeling thinking and being
explicit about the thought process

Each Visible Thinking Routine:

• Is goal oriented in that it targets specific types of thinking
• Gets used over and over again in the classroom
Consists of only a few steps
Is easy to learn and teach
Is easy to support when students are engaged in the routine
Can be used across a variety of contexts
Can be used by the group or by the individual
Routines for Introducing
Exploring Ideas
Routines for synthesizing and organizing ideas
summarizing, capturing the heart, 
organizing, identifying connections, 
Organizing Ideas,raising questions, 
analyzing, reflecting
Useful resources
describing, wondering, 
interpreting, uncovering, 
questioning, distilling, observing 
details, building explanations
Routines for Digging Deeper
Into Ideas
reasoning with evidence, taking a 
perspective, identifying bias, raising 
questions, making 
counterarguments, identifying 
Using Visible Thinking routines in Migration unit of Inquiry
We inquired into the reasons people
migrate, the effects of migration
on people and places, and major
migrations throughout history
See, Think, Wonder
A routine for exploring images and other interesting
It helps stimulate curiosity and sets the stage for inquiry
What do you see?

What do you think about that?

What do you wonder?
See, Think, Wonder
Chalk Talk
• This routine asks students to think
about ideas, questions, or problems by
silently responding in writing both to
the prompt and to the thoughts of others.

Color, Symbol
A routine for distilling the essence of ideas non-verbally
As you are reading, listening, watching, make note of things you find interesting or important. Then choose three of these items that most stand out for you. For one of these, choose a color that you feel best captures the essence of that idea.For another one choose a symbol that best captures the essence of that idea. For the other one, choose an image that best represents the essence of the idea. With a partner or group share your color and then share the item from your reading it represents. Repeat for the symbol and image and until every member of
the group has shared their color, symbol and image.

Tools-important to pick the right tool for the right job

Structures –natural scaffolds that can lead students’ thinking to higher and more sophisticated level

Thinking routines are:
Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners
Ron Ritchhart
We have all had meaningful, engaging discussions with classes that “evaporate” at the end of class, or day. With Visible Thinking we make students' thinking visible through our questioning, listening, and documentation so that we can build on and extend that thinking for deeper understandings.
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