This is a thinking routine that asks students to describe something and then support their interpretation with evidence.
At the core of Visible Thinking are practices that help make thinking visible: Thinking Routines loosely guide learners’ thought processes and encourage active processing.
Through this series of 1-hour sessions we will have one session dedicated to an introduction and then explore the seven Core Routines. One routine per session. Using Visible Thinking Routines are a way to differentiate instruction for students as they must bring their own ideas and opinions to the routine. Over time, this way of thinking and engaging becomes a powerful habit.
We will follow this sequence for our series. This is session #1 What Makes You Say That?. You may join one or all of the sessions focusing on a specific routine. If you did not attend the introductory session, you can review it on your own.
This is a thinking routine that asks students to describe something, such as an object or concept, and then support their interpretation with evidence. The routine can be adapted for use with almost any subject and may also be useful for gathering information on students’ general concepts when introducing a new topic.