Visable Thinking

This framework tool is a research-based framework educators can use to help K-12 students build their thinking skills while deepening content learning. The extensive group of routines/protocols and activities can be used in any classroom with any lesson to help build students metacognitive skills and guide class discussions without a separate “thinking” course or lesson. They are designed to deepen thinking skills and abilities as well as help students become aware of situations in which visible thinking is needed. The routines are organized to support four ideals: thinking for understanding, truth, fairness, and creativity. The framework is very flexible and can be accessed in several ways. Educators can jump in and begin by using a variety of routines, work through activities around one ideal over the course of a few months, or focus on documenting student thinking.

The site also includes resources to help build a school-wide culture of thinking, such as assessment tools and study group materials to help groups of educators look at student work and reflect on their thinking processes. Visible Thinking is a project of Harvard Graduate School of Education Project Zero which conducts education research to better understand thinking and learning in many contexts, including schools, community and cultural institutions, businesses, and online.

Source Organization: Harvard Graduate School of Education Project Zero

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