VISUAL THINKING

INTRODUCTION
Visual thinking refers to routines for thinking. They are simple and to the point. While more suited to Middle school students they are good, apt and appropriate. Some of the truth and understanding routines will definitely have a place in senior classes.

CONTENT
Visible Thinking is a flexible and systematic research-based approach to integrating the development of students’ thinking with content learning across subject matters. An extensive and adaptable collection of practices, Visible Thinking has a double goal: on the one hand, to cultivate students' thinking skills and dispositions, and, on the other, to deepen content learning. By thinking dispositions, we mean curiosity, concern for truth and understanding, a creative mindset, not just being skilled but also alert to thinking and learning opportunities and eager to take them.

The visible thinking covers the following aspects :

Core Routines
THINK / PUZZLE / EXPLORE - A routine that sets the stage for deeper inquiry THINK PAIR SHARE ROUTINE - A routine for active reasoning and explanation SEE / THINK / WONDER - A routine for exploring works of art and other interesting things I USED TO THINK…, BUT NOW I THINK… - A routine for reflecting on how and why our thinking has changed

CIRCLE OF VIEWPOINTS ROUTINE - A routine for exploring diverse perspectives COMPASS POINTS - A routine for examining propositions E excited W Worrisome N need to know S = Stance or Suggestion for Moving Forward WHAT MAKES YOU SAY THAT? - Interpretation with Justification Routine

Creativity Routines
OPTIONS OPTIONS DOES IT EXPLOSION DIAMOND FIT? A A routine the for for creative of decision making about making routine options

Exploring routine

tensions thinking

decision creatively

CREATIVE QUESTIONS- A routine for generating and transforming questions CREATIVE HUNT - A routine for looking at parts, purposes and audiences STEP INSIDE: PERCEIVE, KNOW ABOUT, CARE ABOUT - A routine for getting inside viewpoints

Fairness routines
REPORTER’S MAKING IT NOTEBOOK FAIR: NOW, A routine for separating A routine fact for and finding feeling actions

THEN,

LATER

HERE NOW / THERE THEN A routine for considering presentist attitudes and judgments CIRCLE OF VIEWPOINTS ROUTINE A routine for exploring diverse perspectives TUG OF WAR A routine for exploring the complexity of fairness dilemmas

Truth Routines
TRUE FOR WHO? A routine for exploring truth claims from different perspectives HOTSPOTS A routine for noticing truth occasions CLAIM / SUPPORT / QUESTION A reasoning routine TUG FOR TRUTH A routine for exploring tensions of truth

Understanding Routines
THINK / PUZZLE / EXPLORE- A routine that sets the stage for deeper inquiry THINK PAIR SHARE ROUTINE - A routine for active reasoning and explanation QUESTION STARTS A routine for creating thought-provoking questions

HEADLINES ROUTINE - A routine for capturing essence THE EXPLANATION GAME - A routine for exploring causal understanding CONNECT / EXTEND / CHALLENGE - A routine for connecting new ideas to prior knowledge WHAT MAKES YOU SAY THAT? - Interpretation with Justification Routine

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