Tuesday, 26 March 2013


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
board sitting on the carpet. The presence of this new
object created much excitement and inspired many

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
Linda: yellow
Michael: things pointing out
Taelen: Velcro
Shanzay: some words


What do you think about?

Soheil: it floats on water and the water makes it go.
Eric L: I think it’s a surfboard.
Andrew: someone goes on the board and someone
pulls the wire to go.
Tanya: it is like swimming, people use it go swim in
the water. It is like a banana.

What does it make you wonder?

Eric Lu: I wonder why is there a wire on the surf board?
Andrew: I wonder why there is a line across the surf
board and why are there words?
Taelen: I am wondering why is there a bump?
Shaheem: I wonder what is it made of?

We then watched a video of a surfer surfing on his
surf board. This video led to more inquiries about the

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.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Graphing our Mittens

Mitten Graphing



Sorting &

Making Labels


Problem Solving:
"Where do the rainbow mittens belong?"

The children siggested placing the rainbow mittens with the red label, turqoise label, yellow label, etc.

S.M. suggested that we create a new label for the rainbow mittens called, "rainbow" because, "it has so many colours." - S.M. 


Creating a Graph


Analyzing Data



The Snow Investigation

Can we keep the snow in the 

classroom? - J.M.

After outdoor play, many of the children had brought snow into the classroom. While we have put snow in the water table for learning centers, we could not “keep” the snow. To provide the children with an authentic experience to see why we can’t keep snow in the classroom we performed a series of experiments.

We began by discussing the word hypothesis. Many of 
the children had heard of this word before on a popular television program they watch. S.M. shared her definition of hypothesis with the class.

The children then made hypotheses about what might 
cause the snow to melt. 

Testing our Hypotheses

C.Z.: if we put the snow near the window with sun 
the snow will melt.
T.K.: if we paint the snow it will melt.

A.L.: if we put the cover on the bottle it will melt.

M.Y.: if we put water on the snow it will turn black.

J.M.: if we put snow in the water it will melt.


Once the children had returned from gym, it was time 
to practice our observation skills.

Children's Reflections