Brains On!

Tracy Clark #TCCA15 | 10:45-11:30 Room 310

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Thinking Routine: What makes you say that?

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Activity: What makes you say that?

  • Listen to the story
  • Be Thinking: What's going on here? Why might I think that?
  • Listen again: this time you will draw what is going on in the story using a drawing app of your choice.
  • Share your drawing here.

Thinking Routine: See, Think, Wonder

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Look at the Google Doodle Above & on the Padlet

1. Go Here: What do you see? Try to focus just on what you see (not what you think about it yet...)

2. Go Here: What do you think about that?

3. Go Here: What does it make you wonder?

See, Think, Wonder in Action

Thinking Routines with Explain Everything
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Activity: What makes you say that? (Round 2)

Step 1: Go to this link

Step 2: Read the article and use the highlighter in accordance with what you find

A. Extremely insightful

B. Hard to understand

C. Arguable

Step 3: While you are waiting for everyone to wrap up reading--explore Prism: How could you use this in your classroom?


Activity Headlines

1. If you were to write a headline for this topic (the underlying message) right now that captured the most important aspect that should be remembered, what would that headline be? What makes you say that? Explain your thinking.

2. Use one of the tools below or another one you like to create a graphic of the headline and your thinking.

3. Share your Headlines here

Visual Synetics

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Activity: Teaching is like_____

  • Look at the Visual Synetic: use the pictures (or other ideas) to come up with a simile
  • Complete the sentence: Teaching is like ____________ because __________.
  • If you would like--create a visual synetic to support your sentence.
  • Post your response (and picture) on the Padlet here

Nurturing a Culture of Thinking

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Activity: Nurturing a Culture of Thinking

  • Go here
  • Explore the Nurturing a Culture of Thinking Document
  • Turn & Talk: Where could you make a change relating to one of these forces? How would it impact student thinking? What makes you say that?
  • Complete this sentence stem: I could nurture a culture of thinking by______________.
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I used to think...Now I think

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Activity: I used to think...Now I think...

Step 1: Complete the following prompt as you reflect on what you explored, discussed, created, and discovered today.
  • I used to think...
  • Now I think...

Step 2: Use an app of your choice (if you aren't sure Skitch would work nicely) to take a picture of one of the animals on your table. Use the animal to share your I used to think... now I think... response

Step 3: Share your response here or on Twitter with the #buildingthinkers

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Thinking Routine: Knew & New


Karen Lirenman's Classroom Examples

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More Resources

Visible Thinking Site

Visible Thinking Routine Cards

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