Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 25, 2011 - Education - 320 pages
A proven program for enhancing students' thinking and comprehension abilities

Visible Thinking is a research-based approach to teaching thinking, begun at Harvard's Project Zero, that develops students' thinking dispositions, while at the same time deepening their understanding of the topics they study. Rather than a set of fixed lessons, Visible Thinking is a varied collection of practices, including thinking routines?small sets of questions or a short sequence of steps?as well as the documentation of student thinking. Using this process thinking becomes visible as the students' different viewpoints are expressed, documented, discussed and reflected upon.

  • Helps direct student thinking and structure classroom discussion
  • Can be applied with students at all grade levels and in all content areas
  • Includes easy-to-implement classroom strategies

The book also comes with a DVD of video clips featuring Visible Thinking in practice in different classrooms.

 

Contents

FOUR Routines for Introducing and Exploring Ideas
51
Zoom In
64
ThinkPuzzleExplore
71
Chalk Talk
78
Compass Points
93
The Explanation Game
101
FIVE Routines for Synthesizing and Organizing Ideas
109
Color Symbol Image
119
The Micro Lab Protocol
147
Used to Think Now I Think
154
SIX Routines for Digging Deeper into Ideas
163
Circle of Viewpoints
171
Step Inside
178
Red Light Yellow Light
185
ClaimSupportQuestion
191
TugofWar
199

Concept Maps
125
ConnectExtendChallenge
132
The 4Cs
140
SentencePhraseWord
207
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About the author (2011)

Ron Ritchhart, Ed.D. is a senior researcher at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the author of Intellectual Character from Jossey-Bass.

Mark Church is the Learning, Assessment, and Instructional Resource Supervisor for the Traverse City Area Public Schools in Michigan.

Karin Morrison, educator and Children’s Rights advocate, is president of the Janusz Korczak Association Australia. Her experiences as in-school leader for the first Cultures of Thinking project, faculty member for Project Zero Summer Institutes, Project Zero Classroom and Future of Learning, contribute to her working with and for young people to have the right to quality education.

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