Visible Thinking

Session 3 Lewisville | February 2015

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Hexagonal Thinking

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Activity: Hexagonal Thinking

  • Use the hexagon to respond to the big question: How is thinking related to 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 in our Google Classroom feed
    • Class Code is : rlsshfs
    • Read what your peers mentioned. See any themes?

    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 Google Classroom. Explain your thinking.

    Thinking Routine: Headlines

    Activity: Headlines

    1. If you were to write a headline for this topic or issue 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. Submit the graphic to our Google Classroom feed.

    Revisiting: The Culture of Thinking

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    Activity: Nurture a Culture of Thinking

    • Explore the Nurturing a Culture of Thinking Document (in the Smore right above & in the Google Classroom feed)
    • 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?
    • Use your iPad to take a video of your response to this sentence stem. I could nurture a culture of thinking by______________.
    • How could you post this video to your Google classroom feed? Try it!

    Thinking Routine: See, Think, Wonder

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    Activity: See, Think, Wonder

    Go Here: http://padlet.com/clark_tracyann/seethinkwonder

    Look at the Google Doodle Above & on the Padlet


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

    2. What do you think about that?

    3. What does it make you wonder?

    Thinking Dispositions

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    Group Activity: Thinking Dispositions CSI Routine

    • What thinking dispositions do we want to develop in our students?
    • Choose a color that you think best represents the essence of the thinking disposition you want to focus on.
    • Create a symbol that you think best represents the essence of this thinking disposition.
    • Sketch an image that you think best captures the essence of that idea.

    Fact First Questioning*

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    "Take a fact question and make it a statement. Then pose a question about the fact--one that challenges students to go deeper and express more about the content in question."


    • Instead of asking, What is the area of a rectangle that is 8 feet by 5 feet? (to get the answer 40 square feet), ask this: Imagine you had 26 feet of fencing. What is the largest area you could create with that fencing if you wanted to create a pen for your baby goat?


    What questions can we modify?



    *Adapted from -- Jackie Acree Walsh & Beth Dankert Sattes, Thinking Through Quality Questioning Deepening Student Engagement 2012

    Exit Ticket

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    Tracy Clark M.S

    Please let me know how I can help as we seek to nurture a culture of thinking!