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Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners

Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church, Karin Morrison
Book; Computer Media
San Francisco, CA : Jossey-Bass, [2011], ©2011.
First edition
Jossey-Bass teacher
9780470915516 (pbk.), 047091551X (pbk.)
"Visible Thinking is a research-based approach to teaching thinking that develops students' thinking dispositions, while at the same time deepening their understanding of the topics they study. Rather than a set of fixed lessons, Visible Thinking is an extensive and adaptable collection of practices that include thinking routines and the documentation of student thinking. The routines are a central element of the practical, functional and accessible nature of Visible Thinking. Thinking routines are easy to use mini-strategies that are repeatedly used in the classroom. They are a small set of questions or a short sequence of steps that can be used across various grade levels and content. Each routine targets a different type of thinking and by bringing their own content, teachers can integrate the routines into the fabric of their classrooms. Thinking Routines help direct student thinking and structure classroom discussion. Thinking becomes visible as the students' different viewpoints are expressed, documented, discussed and reflected upon"--
  • Unpacking thinking
  • Putting thinking at the center of the educational enterprise
  • Using thinking routines to make thinking visible
  • Routines for introducing and exploring ideas
  • Routines for synthesizing and organizing ideas
  • Routines for digging deeper into ideas
  • Creating a place where thinking is valued, visible, and actively promoted
  • Notes from the field.
xxvi, 294 pages ; 24 cm + 1 videodisc (DVD : sd., color ; 4 3/4 in.).
System requirements: PC with Microsoft Windows 2003 or later; MAc with Apple OS version 10.1 or later.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-280) and index.
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