Making Thinking Visible

Tracy Clark | 2016

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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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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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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?

Thinking Routine: Knew & New

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Activity: Knew & New

Step 1: Go to this link

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

Thinking Routine: 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 using SeeSaw

Thinking Routine: How would _____ be different if _____

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Illustrations by Mary McLain

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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More Resources

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Visible Thinking Site

Visible Thinking Routine Cards

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