Making Thinking Visible
"When learners speak, write, or draw their ideas, they deepen their cognition. Prohect Zero's Visible Thinking approach shows how." (Rob Ritchhart and David Perkins)
Thinking routines are one element of an initiative called Visible thinking that Project Zero, and collaborators at various schools have developed. Fostering thinking requires making thinking visible. Thinking happens mostly in our heads, invisible to others and even to ourselves. Effective thinkers make their thinking visible, meaning they externalize their thoughts through speaking, writing, drawing, etc. See-Think-Wonder is a routine that helps stimulate curiosity and sets the state for inquiry. (Making Thinking Visible, Ron Ritchhart and David Perkins)
The children walked into the classroom one morning
and were very curious about the new, giant, white
The children engaged in a whole group thinking
activity, “See, Think, Wonder”.
What do you see?
Chelsea: black and white
Eric L: a wire
Aliston: a surfboard
Shanzay: some words
What do you think about?
Soheil: it floats on water and the water makes it go.
pulls the wire to go.
Tanya: it is like swimming, people use it go swim in
What does it make you wonder?
Taelen: I am wondering why is there a bump?
Taelen: I wonder how the surfer stays on the surf
Eric Lu: I wonder how the board moves in the water?
Mrs. Nitsotolis: I wonder if you can surf when
there are no waves?
Eric Lu: you cannot surf when there are no waves,
because you will sink.