At the core of Visible Thinking are practices that help make thinking visible: Thinking Routines loosely guide learners' thought processes and encourage active processing. Visible Thinking began as an initiative of Harvard's Graduate School of Education's Project Zero, a research-based approach to teaching thinking dispositions. The approach emphasized three core practices: thinking routines, the documentation of student thinking, and reflective professional practice.
I've always believed that deep learning only happens when there is deep thinking and understanding. In Year 7 English we use many of the Visible Thinking routines to think about what kind of thinking is needed to understand the themes of the novel we are studying. We work collaboratively, taking in each other's ideas and interpretations. We also used Visible Thinking routines to understand the symbolism behind colours and images, as well as how to choose the best quote to back up our ideas on the theme of friendship. We know that whatever ideas we put forward will be followed by the question- "What makes you say that?" because it's important to see the reasons behind our opinions and ideas. Seeing the girls so engaged and interested in their learning is wonderful! Discovering, valuing and "visibly seeing" the insightful and creative thoughts each one has is delightful and exciting! Time flies when you're thinking deeply!
By Katrina Alvir, REAL Co-ordinator, High School English and Religion Teacher, 8N Class Teacher, Tutor