Visible Thinking

Metacognition Without Tears | 2015

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What you will need to play along!

1. Let's rearrange this room!

Move your chair so we have some space to play, and think, and learn!

2. 81 Dash Account* Free


*You will need this (for real) to play along. Let me know if you have questions or concerns.

3. A drawing or graphics app you like

Intros

Why Visible Thinking?

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Notice & Name

"To many teachers' surprise, they often find that when they begin to notice and name students' thinking and positive learning moves, their students begin to exhibit more of these behaviors."


Ron Ritchhart, Creating Cultures of Thinking (2015)

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Activity: Hexagonal Thinking

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Activity: Hexagonal Thinking

  • Use the hexagon to respond to the big question: How can we use technology to impact learning?
  • Get up, move around the room, looking for a place where your idea connects with another and place your hexagon accordingly. Have conversations with those around you about why you think it fits there.
  • As you look at the hexagons and talk with those in the room, see if another idea comes to you. Use the extra hexagons around the room to add to the growing thinking map.
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Reflection: Hexagonal Thinking

  • Reflect on this activity. What did you notice about your thinking? How did your peers encourage, extend, or challenge your thinking?
  • Complete this sentence stem: I made my thinking visible by____________.
  • Share your sentence with the room here: 81dash.com/buildingthinkers

Resource For Your Classroom

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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 in our 81 Dash room 81dash.com/buildingthinkers Explain your thinking.

Thinking Routine: See, Think, Wonder

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Activity: See, Think, Wonder

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?

Nurturing a Culture of Thinking

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Activity: Nurturing a Culture of Thinking

  • Go here: 81dash.com/buildingthinkers
  • Explore the Nurturing a Culture of Thinking Document (click it to make it bigger)
  • 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______________.
  • Share your sentence in the 81dash room.
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Exit Ticket: Triangle, Square, Circle

Resources

Visible Thinking

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Hexagonal Thinking

Book I used...

Tracy Clark M.S.

Want to know more about thinking routines & nurturing a culture of thinking? Please reach out and let me know how I can help!