Visible ThinkingVisible thinking is a method that was created with the purpose of helping studentsto reflect on their own thoughts.These activity are associated with the following questions Form: How does it work? Function: How does it work? Connection: How is this like something I have seen before? Reflection: How do you know?Visible thinking takes a flexible approach to the teaching and development ofthinking can be integrated, there are three ways of how we can start using visiblethinking1. Routines:We have to start with some easy routines as they are a visible accessible elementof thought, this helps students think and everyone on your point of view on anyparticular situation, so we can see that it starts with a group discussion differentways of thinking.We have to be in mind that the routines must be focused on Truth Fairness,Creativity and Understanding.An example or visible thinking routine interpretation with justification could be:Whats going on? What do you see that makes you say that?The purpose of this routine is to help students describe what they see or know andasks them to build explanations and It promotes evidential reasoning (evidence-based reasoning) and because it invites students to share their interpretations, itencourages students to understand alternatives and multiple perspectives.
2. Ideal:Another way to use visible thinking is to begin with thinking ideal that capturenaturally occurring goals, strivings, or interests that often propel our thinking; wecan say that this is a common sense concept and not a technical.The ideals of thought that we should try to nurture and cultivate students areunderstanding, truth, creativity and fairness, at this point the teacher can makeconcept maps where students can choose an ideal and can reflect on it and thenshare it with the other students in the classroom.3. DocumentationThe idea of documentation is closely linked with the idea of making thinking visible,through the documentation of student thinking and learning, we develop our ownunderstanding of how to develop the thought processes and how best to supportthem, in this sense, documentation is not just a reflective examination but also aprospective one as it shapes the design of future learning situation.Is important that as teacher, we have to review the documentation to make senseof students’ ideas and thinking: What patterns emerge? What lines of thinking areevident? What lines of inquiry and interest appear? Having come to some tentativeconclusions, you would then plan your next lesson on what you discovered.Starting with documentation does not mean that you will not use or focus on theother aspects of Visible Thinking. Indeed, you will probably use many of thethinking routines and may even find you want to use the routines from oneparticular Ideal as you begin. Starting with documentation merely means that thiswill be where you place your initial energies and focus.In the video they explain that Stephanie helps children make connections makeconnection thoughts, mentions the need to physically perform an unlock of thechildren thought that they really feel that if you are thinking