Nurturing a Culture of Thinking

Tracy Clark | Session 1.0 Hill Country Christian School

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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____________.

Resource For Your Classroom

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TPACK & What we know about tech/instruction

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Visible Thinking

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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? What evidence from the text makes me think that?
  • Listen again: this time you will draw what is going on in the story using SeeSaw
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Activity: What makes you say that? (Round 2)

Step 1: Go to this (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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Illustrations by Mary McLain

ACTIVITY: SEE, THINK, WONDER

Look at the Animal Infographic above...


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?

Extension Activity: How would _____ be different if ______

  • Select one of the animals at your table.
  • How would that animal be different in the past? What makes you say that?
  • Use the SeeSaw app to make your thinking visible about your animal.
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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 the SeeSaw app and take a picture of your response. Share it with the class.


Step 3: Reflect on the thinking of your peers. What trends/patterns do you see in the thinking shifts of the group as a whole?


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Survey

More Resources

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Visible Thinking Site

Visible Thinking Routine Cards

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