Making Thinking Visible

Making Thinking Visible

Enhancing Tier I Instruction Pre-K August 21, 2013 Exploring Routines a.k.a. Strategies Introducing and Exploring Ideas Think-Puzzle-Explore

STEPS Use anchor charts for documenting the student responses. Ask, What do you think you know about? Record student responses. Ask, What questions or puzzles do you have? Record student responses. Ask, How can we explore these puzzles? Record student responses. Share the thinking.

Introducing and Exploring Ideas Think-Puzzle-Explore Pre-K Application Week 1 Theme: My School and Me Predict: What do you know about school? Questions: What questions or puzzles do you have about school? Explore: How can we explore what puzzles we have about school?

Share your thoughts THINK-PUZZLE-EXPLORE INTRODUCING AND EXPLORING IDEAS OT HE R PR EK

AP PLI CA TI O NS Introducing and Exploring Ideas The Explanation Game STEPS

Take a close look at an object you are trying to understand. Name a feature of the object that you notice. Explain it. What role does the feature serve? Why is it there? Generate as many explanations as possible. Give reasons. What makes you say that? Press for evidence. Generate alternatives. Press for alternative explanations. Keep students attention on the relationship between the features and why they are that way.

Introducing and Exploring Ideas The Explanation Game Pre-K Application Week 1 Theme: My School and Me Take a close look at the US flag. Name the parts of the flag you notice. Why do you think the flag has stripes? A pole? The color red? Generate as many explanations as possible.

Give reasons. What makes you say that? Press for evidence. Press for alternative explanations for each feature of the flag. Focus on the relationship between the features and why they are that way. THE EXPLANATION GAME INTRODUCING AND EXPLORING IDEAS OT

HE R PR E-K AP PLI CA TIO NS Synthesizing and Organizing Ideas

Headlines STEPS Ask the students to think about what they have been learning. Ask students, Write a headline for this topic that

captures the core idea you want to remember. Students share their headlines and reasoning as appropriate for age of student. Create a class collection of the headlines that document the groups thinking. Synthesizing and Organizing Ideas Headlines Pre-K Application Week 2 Theme: My School and Me

Use the morning message one day a week to create headlines and summarize the message. Document the headlines created by students on sentence strips. Use the sentence strips to create a bulletin board with the various headlines and include the morning message. HEADLINES

SYNTHESIZING AND ORGANIZING IDEAS OT HE R PR EK AP PLI CA TI

O NS Synthesizing and Organizing Ideas I Used To ThinkNow I Think STEPS

Explain to students that this routine is to help them reflect on their thinking about a topic and to identify how their ideas have developed over time. Have students verbalize what it was they used to think about the topicI used to think Then have the students verbalize how their thinking has changed as a result of what they have been studying.

Share the thinking. Synthesizing and Organizing Ideas I Used To ThinkNow I Think Pre-K Application Week 1 Theme: My School and Me At the end of the first week, ask students, What did you used to think about school. Record their responses. Then ask students to respond to the

question, Now I think . about school. Record their responses. I USED TO THINKNOW I THINK SYNTHESIZING AND ORGANIZING IDEAS OT HE R PR

EK AP PLI CA TI O NS Digging Deeper Into Ideas What Makes You Say That?

STEPS Look for moments when students give explanations or offer opinions. Push for elaboration and evidence by asking, What makes you say that? Share the thinking. Digging Deeper Into Ideas

What Makes You Say That? Pre-K Application Week 1 Theme: My School and Me As students share their thoughts and opinions about school, ask them to elaborate their thinking by asking, What makes you say that? Support students attempt at justification. WHAT MAKES YOU SAY THAT?

DIGGING DEEPER INTO IDEAS OT HE R PR E-K AP PLI CA

TI ON S S STOP S STOP T Take a Deep

Breath S STOP T Take Breath A And a Deep S STOP T Take

Breath A And R Relax a Deep Commitments

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