Nurturing a Culture of Thinking

Tracy Clark

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Think:

  • What do we want our students to be like?
  • At Yorkshire Academy we want our students to...
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Hexagonal Thinking

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Activity: Hexagonal Thinking

  • Use the hexagon to respond to the big question: How might we nurture those core dispositions we just shared?
  • 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____________.

Resource For Your Classroom

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Thinking Routine: What makes you say that?

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Classflow: Student Response Tool

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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 Classflow
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Activity: What makes you say that? (Round 2)

Step 1: Go to this (middle school) link (elementary) link

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

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?

See, Think, Wonder in Action

Thinking Routines with Explain Everything

Headlines

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 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

knew/new

Karen Lirenman's Classroom Examples

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More Resources

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Visible Thinking Site

Visible Thinking Routine Cards

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