Visible Thinking for the 21st Century


Visible Thinking for the 21st Century

Inspired by the VT & CoT Approach from PZ  

Making learning visible and building cultures of thinking from early childhood on..

Key questions:

How are we fostering thinking cultures?

Are we encouraging productive thinking?

is it integrated into our curriculum?

How do we know? How are we making it visible?

You are all invited to make your Thinking Visible and share your thoughts and experiences!!!

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Latest Activity: Jun 14, 2017


You will see the thinking routine: generate/sort/connect/ellaborate done with children that just turned 4 years old

Silvana, the teacher, is in her first year of experience as a teacher and makes a reflection about it. She has been using many thinking routines and other thinking strategies through out the year. This is her second time doing this particular routine with this group.

There are many things we can reflect about this picture of practice.
If the micro lab protocol is to be used, a suggestion can be to use the cultural forces to look at it.

Some other questions I suggest could be useful are:

- What is the role of the teacher here?
- What opportunities of thinking were given?
- what worked well?
- What could be improved?
- How does this approach build up a culture of thinking and construct peace?
- What makes this picture of practice unique?
- What is it for?
- How are the ideas on this picture of practice like something I already do?
- How are the ideas on this picture of practice different to what I do?
- What is my point of view about the picture of practice?
- Why is this important?
- How can I use this routine in my own setting?
- ... ofcourse clarifying questions too.
Doing a chalk talk routine or even using the same routine used in the video to reflect about it is many times also useful and helps in the learning of the routine for those who haven't used it previously.

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Comment by Ana Maria Fernandez on October 4, 2011 at 5:47am

I just posted a video on the visible thinking group, of the thinking routine generate/sort/connect/ellaborate done with children that just turned 4.


this video is a powerful message for all educators wanting to make a difference!


Thanks Silvana for videotaping your activity!!

Comment by Ana Maria Fernandez on August 31, 2010 at 6:12am
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Comment by Ana Maria Fernandez on August 12, 2010 at 6:36pm
Anecdote told by a mom of a 3.7 years old child.
Mom was driving in a highway going home. Vero, the child, asked mom to be taken to the park to what mom replies that she had many things to do and could not take her to the park. Vero stayed silent for a couple of seconds and then said: “Mommy, you have important things to do and I need to have fun. Can you stop the car so we can think of a solution were we are both happy.”
This type of conversations is very usual at our schools since we are implementing the Theory of Constraint for conflict resolution and strategic planning in our centers. Children from one year old and up are living immersed in a learning culture where we value thinking and where we promote win-win conflict resolution strategies. All points of view are welcome as we understand it is from those that we promote inquiry and growth.
We are making thinking visible permanently!
Comment by Ana Maria Fernandez on August 12, 2010 at 6:15pm
Think about the new literacies: Reading, writting and thinking differently.
Are we allowing our youngsters to have access to them? or are we still focusing on the traditional ways of reading, writing and thinking?
21st century education is here.
Are your children getting it?????

This is a powerful video to make us wonder how are we promoting new ways of literacy and thinking for the 21st century.

Did you know 4.0
Comment by K Kavita Rao on April 26, 2010 at 10:28pm
i feel happy to join this group for discussion
Comment by Ana Maria Fernandez on April 20, 2010 at 6:24am
We use thinking routines with children 1 year old and older.
One of which is I see/ I think / I wonder. After a while, we had a 3 years old girl, doing the routine expontaneously by herself when reading a story to her friends. when other children answered, she replied: " do you see that or you think it is that?" and then "asking "what makes you say that" it got even better, the other children were engaged in the routine and participated fully doing careful observations pointing to evidence when referring to something they saw.
When the turn for wondering came, she listens carefully and told a child "Lucas already wondered that, wonder something different" and the child did!
Comment by Ana Maria Fernandez on April 20, 2010 at 6:12am
Welcome to our group.
Please feel free to share your thoughts and experience in working with children making thinking visible.
Are you using thinking routines or any other thinking tools?
Comment by Ana Maria Fernandez on March 31, 2010 at 10:57am
We have been working with thinking routines, documentation, language of thinking, concept maps and many other tools to help our children make their thinking visible.

This process has been just amazing, the reflections from our teachers, the conversations we are having with our children and the impact parents are perceiving at home, are just some of the benefits we are observing at our schools.

We start with children 1 year old and older.

I would love to know about other people working with VT, or other thinking tools to Make Thinking Visible.

What ages are you working with?

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