Bridging our Thinking

“Bullying is like a bird in a cage because there is nothing the bird can really do to free itself, except wait until the cage is opened to fly out.” – Olivia, Grade 6  Exploring the topic of bullying challenges my Grade 6 Health class to reflect on past, or present, experiences that affect their…

Grade 8 Chalk Talks about Volleyball

“I used to think volleyball was just a sport I really connected with, and I didn’t think of the skills in depth. However, I look at volleyball with a totally different perspective…”  Grade 8 student, Tatiana, continues to describe her growth as a PE learner through her experiences in our volleyball unit. She goes on…

Say What? How is Language Used in Your Classroom?

“What makes you say that?” Using language to shape a culture of thinking… This simple, but meaningful thinking routine activates our minds to build explanations from what we see or know. Saying “What makes you say that?” instead of asking “Why?” invites learners to share their opinions and interpretations. It encourages flexibility in their thinking by teaching learners…

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…

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…