Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Thinking Routines

Visible Thinking involves several practices and resources.   In our classroom, we use a number of "thinking routines" -- simple protocols for exploring ideas -- around whatever topics are important, say "What is a Scientist?"   We used a routine called *Generate*Sort*Connect* to organize our thinking.   This is a routine for organizing our understanding of a topic through concept mapping.

What is a Scientist?

*Generate a list of ideas and initial thoughts that come to mind when you think about this particular topic.
*Sort your ideas according to how central or tangential they are. Place central ideas near the center and more tangential ideas toward the outside of the page. 
*Connect your ideas by drawing connecting lines between ideas that have something in common. Explain and write in a short sentence how the ideas are connected.



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