Friday, November 28, 2014

Book Recommendation: Making Thinking Visible

I wanted to share a wonderful book that I have been reading this year.

I've been working my way through Making Thinking Visible by Ron Ritchhart.

As you can see, I've marked a lot!

I really like this book. The first part is a little dry and tough to get through (especially if it's summer ;), but one you get to the routines, it's a lot easier.

The different routines explain how to use them, as well as give examples from different classrooms. There is also a DVD that features clips of using some of the routines.

The routines are definitely thought-provoking, and having used some of them in my class, they definitely pull thinking out of the kids!

The book also has a matrix of routines, which I took to make more user-friendly for me, as well as adding in my post-it notes about each routine.

I've used two different ones so far-See-Think-Wonder...which led us into writing robot stories.

It was a good way to get them thinking/brainstorming about their stories!

We've also used Chalk Talk in Social Studies-to see what we already know.

Even though most of their thinking was incorrect, it was super interesting to see what they thought before I taught it!

 I highly recommend this book-it'll get your kids thinking in different ways, as well as showing their thinking!

Smiles and Sunshine,

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