Isabel, Grade 7

Thinking Routines

Thinking Routines are mini strategies that guide learners’ thought processes   What are they? Thinking routines are simple procedures that consist of only a few steps. They provide a framework for drawing attention to specific thinking moves that: 1. Help build understanding and drive further inquiry 2. Connect new ideas to one’s own thinking Thinking routines are not add-ons…

My Grade 3 Class - American International School of Lusaka, Zambia

I Can Make A Difference!

Grade 3 Makes Positive Change Through Writing “Your community is your life, so make it a good community” – Gwen, Grade 3 This precept, or words to live by, became my Grade 3 class motto at the American International School of Lusaka, Zambia. Throughout the school year, we were able to grow and develop together…

Erin, Grade 9 and Grade 11 Science Teacher

Visible Thinking

Making Thinking Visible… What is it? Educational research conducted by Project Zero at Harvard Graduate School of Education has led to a flexible and systematic approach to learning. Using an extensive collection of practices, called “thinking routines”, learners’ thinking is made visible through active processing, and in turn, deepens content learning across subject areas. I…

Pedro's Think-Puzzle-Explore

Team Handball… What More to Learn?!

Think-Puzzle-Explore… Grade 8 Inquires into Team Handball  “Do You Have the Head to Play Team Handball?” – Pedro, Grade 8, Graded School Using the thinking routine, Think-Puzzle-Explore, Grade 8 students drew upon our enduring understanding and essential questions as well as our experiences during this unit to generate ideas and inquire deeper into team handball. Enduring Understanding Team handball develops the…

Participants engaging in a discussion about thinking

Redefining Relevance… Redefining THINKING!

AASSA Educators’ Conference – São Paulo, Brazil: Visible Thinking… What is it? This weekend, I had the privilege of presenting at the AASSA Educators’ Conference. Participants in my visible thinking workshop were asked to consider what thinking exactly entails: “When you tell someone you are thinking, what kind of things might actually be going on in your head?” In order to…

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Smile! You’re on Google Glass!

What is Digital Citizenship? The concept of digital citizenship has been brought to the forefront in lieu of the ever-changing, and growing, advancements in technology. As part of our Grade 7 advisory program, students have been exploring, what is digital citizenship? Exploring Google Glass This week I have had the opportunity to explore using Google…