I have been interested in HGSE and Project Zero’s ideas for a number of years, since 2012 and the release of Making Thinking Visible. This really was a game changer for me in my path as an educator.
I have used them extensively in the classroom with students in my role as a Homeroom Teacher in Grades 1 and Kindergarten. Then as an Activator of Thinking and Learning (2016-2018) I supported my previous school in developing (keeping the fire burning) of a Culture of Thinking.
Since then I have used the skills, techniques and big understandings in the learning that I take part in with teams and individuals in my role as Curriculum Coordinator. Developing a shared understanding, using thinking routines & protocols and creating a culture in which we support and grow together are very much in the forefront of my mind when learning with other educators.
I am lucky enough to be part of the amazing online Creating Cultures of Thinking Course , through Harvard and coach teams of educators, from around the globe, twice a year.
Here are a few thinking routines in action, during my time as a Kindergarten Teacher.
The Step Inside routine helps learners to:view a place, people, situations, events or things through different lenses and points of view AND open up possibilities for creating, e.g. a written piece
The Zoom In thinking routine requires learners to pay close attention to detail and make inferences. Because it uses only sections of an image at one time, it is different than a See-Think-Wonder. As each section is revealed, students make new inferences.
This Unit was based around the concept of connections.
Think Puzzle Explore
The Think Puzzle Explore routine invites students to connect to their prior knowledge and generate ideas and develop curiosity. This routine also sets the stage for deeper inquiry.
After taking part in an online HGSE course around the book Visible Learners, I was introduced to the idea of a Zooms Board. They are a wonderful way of tracking a group inquiry and is a powerful documentation technique so that all the community can see the direction that the learners have taken their learning. Here is one that I created with links to thinking routines, student thinking and videos.