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Visible Thinking

Visible Thinking
VisibleThinking In Action Every committed educator wants better learning and more thoughtful students. Visible Thinking is a way of helping to achieve that without a separate ‘thinking skills' course or fixed lessons. Visible Thinking is a broad and flexible framework for enriching classroom learning in the content areas and fostering students' intellectual development at the same time. Here are some of its key goals: Deeper understanding of content Greater motivation for learning Development of learners' thinking and learning abilities. Toward achieving these goals, Visible Thinking involves several practices and resources. The idea of visible thinking helps to make concrete what a thoughtful classroom might look like. When the answers to questions like these are consistently yes, students are more likely to show interest and commitment as learning unfolds in the classroom. A bit about our research One important finding was that skills and abilities are not enough.

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Design Thinking... What is That? To promote its new Athleisure Makeup line, Tarte partnered with social media "fitfluencers" to push the concept that "sporty is the new sexy." The campaign, titled Hustle & Glow, includes a beautifully produced video in which a woman wakes up in her spacious Malibu mansion and heads to the bathroom for a full beauty routine in preparation to . . . go on a solo run. The video was met with wide appreciation from Tarte fans (and nearly 80,000 YouTube views), with many saying it inspired them to get out there and look good on the asphalt (or sand). As athleisure becomes more than just a fashion trend, it’s extended into new, unexpected categories. Cosmetics is one of them. It’s makeup that’s easy, comfy, and suited for an active individual.

John Hattie: 10 myths about student achievement John Hattie’s 15 year meta-analysis of over ¼ of a billion students worldwide has enabled him to identify what really aids student achievement. In an interview with Sarah Montague for BBC Radio 4, he dispels some popular myths about what does and doesn't matter in your school. Factors affecting student achievement – Hattie’s take: 1. Class Size Reducing class size does enhance student achievement but only by a marginal amount. Visible Thinking Purpose: What kind of thinking does this routine encourage? This routine helps students to explore different perspectives and viewpoints as they try to imagine things, events, problems, or issues differently. In some cases this can lead to a more creative understanding of what is being studied. For instance, imagining oneself as the numerator in a fraction. In other settings, exploring different viewpoints can open up possibilities for further creative exploration. For example, following this activity a student might write a poem from the perspective of a soldier’s sword left on the battlefield.

Visible Thinking Truth Routines *Claim Support Question A routine for clarifying truth claims Hot Spots A routine noticing truth occassions Stop Look Listen A routine for clarifying claims and seeking sources *True for Who?A routine for considering viewpoints on truth 35 Lessons that Explore the Beautiful Pairing of Math and Art Cross-curricular connections are a phenomenal way to help our students develop deeper knowledge. Real life isn’t compartmentalized into just math, just reading, just science, or just art. It’s an intricate collection and balance of all practices and knowledge. We can lead our students through processes that allow these connections to form naturally! One of the easiest cross-curricular pairings is art and math. Just look at these connections!

Visible Thinking Understanding Routines Connect Extend ChallengeA routine for connecting new ideas to prior knowledge Explanation Game A routine for exploring causal understanding Headlines A routine for capturing essence Question Starts A routine for creating thought-provoking questions STEM vs. STEAM: Why The "A" Makes a Difference Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects are the focal point of popular integrated learning systems. However, voices are calling out for the “A” in “arts” to turn STEM into STEAM. What does the debate involve, and what do educators and students think about it? Image via Flickr by Jeff Pioquinto, SJ The National Math + Science Initiative points out some numbers that highlight STEM’s essential role in the United States’ education system. Their data shows that:

Visible Thinking Core Routines The core routines are a set of seven or so routines that target different types of thinking from across the modules. These routines are easy to get started with and are commonly found in Visible Thinking teachers' toolkits. Try getting started with with one of these routines. What Makes You Say That?