Category Archives: Making Thinking Visible

Making Thinking Visible: Developing Habits of Critical Thinkers

Have you stood in front of a room full of 30 students, all eyes are on you, maybe your lecturing about the carbon cycle, and all you see are blank faces? You’ve probably thought to yourself, “gee I wish I … Continue reading

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Visible Thinking In The Classroom: A Guide to Higher Level Knowledge

Modern Classroom’s are engulfed in Freire’s Banking method. Students sit quietly being hand fed basic level knowledge, forced to memorize terms that are meaningless to them and asked to regurgitate it all later on a test. After this cycle, the … Continue reading

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Visible Thinking… The Visible Guide to Student Growth

As teachers, we always want to see student growth in our classrooms. Whether that be with writing skills, critical thinking, creativity etc. However, classes today are not set up that always these skills to grow. Students memorize vocabulary and spit … Continue reading

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MTV: Creating a Culture of Critical Thinkers

“Do the reading by Friday. We’re going to talk about it in class, so be prepared.” I don’t know about you, but this was a sentence that was frequently said in my high school science courses. Of course I did … Continue reading

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Using Visible Thinking Strategies in the Classroom

What is Visible Thinking? Having students externalize their thoughts through speaking, writing, drawing or other methods The Ted Talk below goes into more detail about visible thinking, why it is important, and some ways to incorporate it into the classroom. … Continue reading

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Thinking is Strongest When Seen

Can We See Thinking? The goal of using MTV strategies in the classroom is to be able to see our students thought processes. Each of the different strategies Ritchhart describes in the book pushes students to write down or vocalize … Continue reading

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MTV: Not just for music anymore

Today we are going to tackle three strategies from the book Making Thinking Visible. The first strategy we are going to look at is one of my favorites from the book “Chalk Talk” In this strategy, poster-sized pieces of paper … Continue reading

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Three Strategies YOU WON’T BELIEVE Can LITERALLY Make Thinking Visible

We teachers can often find ourselves jumping into new material or progressing from old material without really seeing how our students are thinking and feeling about it. Using these three strategies are methods to help assess where your students are … Continue reading

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I’m Ashton Kutcher and You’re on Pranked (MTV)

Now, I know what you’re all thinking, but MTV isn’t the music television channel full of crazy reality shows, it’s actually the title of a book called Making Thinking Visible┬áby Ron Ritchhart. MTV breaks down different strategies of making learning … Continue reading

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How to use MTV in your classroom: “Music Television” makes a comeback… Wait…

Hello future science teachers! Ever wonder if you’re not eliciting your students to think critically, constructively, or independently. Have you considered using an MTV approach in your classroom? No it’s not the music network, but the methods of Making Thinking … Continue reading

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