Making Thinking Visible How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners

Author(s): Ron Ritchhart; Mark Church; Karin Morrison


A proven program for enhancing students' thinking and comprehension abilities

Visible Thinking is a research-based approach to teaching thinking, begun at Harvard's Project Zero, that develops students' thinking dispositions, while at the same time deepening their understanding of the topics they study. Rather than a set of fixed lessons, Visible Thinking is a varied collection of practices, including thinking routines'small sets of questions or a short sequence of steps'as well as the documentation of student thinking. Using this process thinking becomes visible as the students' different viewpoints are expressed, documented, discussed and reflected upon.

  • Helps direct student thinking and structure classroom discussion

  • Can be applied with students at all grade levels and in all content areas

  • Includes easy-to-implement classroom strategies

The book also comes with a DVD of video clips featuring Visible Thinking in practice in different classrooms.


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Ron Ritchhart, Ed.D. is a senior researcher at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the author of Intellectual Character from Jossey-Bass. Mark Church is the Learning, Assessment, and Instructional Resource Supervisor for the Traverse City Area Public Schools in Michigan. Karin Morrison is director of The Development Centre at Independent Schools Victoria, Australia and instructor for the WIDE World online course, Making Thinking Visible, at Harvard.

List of Tables and Figures. DVD Contents. Foreword. Preface. Acknowledgments. The Authors. Part One Some Thinking about Thinking. One Unpacking Thinking. Beyond Bloom. Beyond Memorization, Work, and Activity. A Map of Thinking Involved in Understanding. Other Kinds of Thinking. Uncovering Students' Thinking about Thinking. Two Putting Thinking at the Center of the Educational Enterprise. How Does Visibility Serve Both Learning and Teaching? How Can We Make the Invisible Visible? Documenting. Part Two Using Thinking Routines to Make Thinking Visible. Three Introduction to Thinking Routines. Three Ways of Looking at Thinking Routines. How Are the Thinking Routines Organized? Four Routines for Introducing and Exploring Ideas. See-Think-Wonder. Zoom In. Think-Puzzle-Explore. Chalk Talk. 3-2-1 Bridge. Compass Points. The Explanation Game. Five Routines for Synthesizing and Organizing Ideas. Headlines. Color, Symbol, Image. Generate-Sort-Connect-Elaborate: Concept Maps. Connect-Extend-Challenge. The 4C's. The Micro Lab Protocol. I Used to Think... , Now I Think ... Six Routines for Digging Deeper into Ideas. What Makes You Say That? Circle of Viewpoints. Step Inside. Red Light, Yellow Light. Claim-Support-Question. Tug-of-War. Sentence-Phrase-Word. Part Three Bringing the Power of Visible Thinking to Life. Seven Creating a Place Where Thinking Is Valued, Visible, and Actively Promoted. Making Room for Reflection. Making Time for Our Own Learning. The Making of an Elaborated Conversation. The Forces That Shape Culture. Eight Notes from the Field. The Challenges of Making Thinking Visible in a Mathematics Class and Beyond: The Case of Mark Church. Content + Routines + Students = A Culture of Thinking: The Case of Sharonne Blum. Stages of Development in the Use of Thinking Routines. Common Pitfalls and Struggles. In Conclusion. References. Index. How to Use the DVD.

General Fields

  • : 9780470915516
  • : John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
  • : John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
  • : Contains 1 Digital (on physical carrier)
  • : 0.001
  • : April 2011
  • : 235mm X 179mm X 18mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : September 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ron Ritchhart; Mark Church; Karin Morrison
  • : Paperback
  • : 2017
  • : English
  • : 371.102
  • : 320
  • : Illustrations