A Little Gem: Have you heard of the “Headlines” routine? It’s a unique way to show students we value their thinking and we value the effort they put into growing their thinking. View a two and a half minute clip of the Headlines routine in action here: http://www.amazon.com/Making-Thinking-Visible-Understanding-Independence/dp/047091551X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330807322&sr=8-1 (it’s the first video option on the list). Making Thinking Visible by Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church and Karin Morrison is full of what they call ‘thinking routines’ like this one. The book is a great resource for teachers striving to improve their abilities to engage students in critical thinking across the curriculum.
I’m excited about the Common Core’s focus on learning how to learn. Today, students have instant access to never-ending data, facts, theories, opinions…and it’s all coming at them (and us) at lightning speed. School is no longer about information transmission; the information is everywhere. Our focus must be how to access information, manage it, consider it, and do something with it. And, all of this revolves around thinking. To push students’ thinking, we must push our own. Tony Wagner’s books have helped me better understand what’s important to today’s learners. Visit him at www.tonywagner.com.
Happy Saturday! It’s a beautiful day in Utah. The Wasatch Mountains are lit up with yet another majestic covering of glorious snow (and Max is happily building another racetrack while dancing to Michael Jackson music). Ahhhhh… Saturday J