Visible Thinking is not a program; rather, it is a framework and philosophy for our teachers and staff to use when creating inquiry-based learning opportunities that engage students in higher-level thinking skills.
- Focuses on the individual student as well as the collective thinking and collaboration of the entire class.
- Allows for natural differentiation by following students' interests throughout units of study.
- Concentrates on teaching for understanding, rather than for the sake of memorizing and repeating, so that knowledge can be applied to scenarios outside of the classroom.
- Requires active participation by all students and invites our learners' curiosities to help drive instruction.
- Provides teachers with a tangible view of students' thinking. Misconceptions, prior knowledge, reasoning ability, and degrees of understanding are more likely to be uncovered.
The pacing and delivery of lessons in the classroom looks different than in most schools. At Way Elementary and Eastover Elementary, time is purposely provided for deeper thinking and understanding.
Our teachers model strategies and share their own thinking right along with their students. Opportunities created in the classroom are intentional and connect to a year-long story of learning. Bulletin boards and walls throughout the room are filled with students' thoughts and questions. Classroom conversations promote rich dialogue and provide avenues for reflecting and making connections while strengthening respectful and collaborative relationships.
Thinking routines are the tools our teachers use to unearth each child's thoughts and interests with subject matter. There are over forty thinking routines that are used at all grade levels and across all areas of curriculum. Example of a Student Practicing Visible Thinking
thinking routine are to:
- How does VT provide my child with life skills?
- How will my student transition to an IB middle school?
- Besides Bloomfield Schools where else is Visible Thinking being implemented?
- Where can I learn more about VT?
Visit Harvard University's Visible Thinking website at www.pz.harvard.edu.