Making Thinking Visible – Chapter 3 (Introduction to Thinking Routines)
I’m going to be honest, this chapter bored me a bit. This was a relatively short chapter that just highlighted specifically how to read and understand the Thinking Routines outlined in the upcoming chapters. Further it simply summarized and outline the upcoming chapters. It provided some research evidence and they backed up their reasoning for the structure of each routine. All the while, I was just simply thinking to myself, “Let’s just get on with the good stuff… the routines themselves!”
For instance, they chose to group the routines into three major categories – introducing and exploring, synthesizing and organizing, and digging deeper. This was based on how units are typically structured. With that said, chapter 4 will cover thinking routines for introducing and exploring ideas. These are typically utilized early in a unit. Chapter 5 will cover thinking routines for synthesizing and organizing ideas for the middle of a unit, and chapter 6 will cover routines for digging deeper into ideas, lending itself to the end of units.
There are 7 different thinking routines in chapter 4. There is no way I can cover all those thinking routines in one post – I don’t think. I will likely have to break them up for posting purposes. Here is a quick overview of the thinking routines I’ll cover in chapter 4:
So what do you think? At first glance, do you see any that you recognize? I saw chalk talk. I have used something called “chalk talk” many times in my classroom. I wonder if it will be the same thing… Only time will tell.