Making Thinking Visible: Developing Habits of Critical Thinkers

Have you stood in front of a room full of 30 students, all eyes are on you, maybe your lecturing about the carbon cycle, and all you see are blank faces? You’ve probably thought to yourself, “gee I wish I knew what was going on inside their heads”. If you could take a look inside ala Disney’s Inside Out you could a clear picture of each student’s level of understanding and see how engaged they are with the material. Then with a snap of your fingers, you could address each student’s specific needs and probably solve world peace while you’re at it.

Image result for inside out meme gif

Unfortunately, life isn’t a Disney movie. So we have to find other ways to get inside the minds of our students. Luckily for us, the folks at Project Zero at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education have created a list of strategies that help students take what’s inside their heads and get it out into the world, along with expanding, curating, and enriching their mindset. Here’s a video made by the folks at Project Zero that elaborates on their message:

I think a really important element to pull from this video is that through the use of all these skills that students are creating habits of mind. The wildly popular book The Power of Habits author Charles Duhigg writes about the importance habits play in our lives, and how they have more of an influence in then we might think. This why I think the strategies are so great, and why they are essential to a science classroom.

The Power of Habit.jpg

A major goal in science education is to have our students develop a critical eye to view the world through. Whether this is assessing the validity of data, potential bias in the author, or how results may influence future research. These skills, or rather, habits, can be honed and sculpted through the MTV strategies. Let’s take a look at a few.

1. Headlines!

In this strategy, students pick out the main ideas or important concepts and condense them into a single headline. I really like this strategy for a few reasons:

  • it’s quick! You can ask students to come up with headlines on the spot without taking up a whole bunch of time.
  • it’s creative! Headlines need to be eyecatching, so students would need to come up with a creative way to present their idea.
  • it’s a formative assessment! By seeing the students headlines you can gauge whether students are following along and grasping the content.

As with all MTV strategies, it is important to have the students reflect on their thinking and provide justifications for their reasonings. This is also a good way to introduce media literacy into the classroom, while headlines are an important part of journalism and reporting, they are often limiting in the amount of information that can be conveyed.

2. Concept Maps

I am a big fan of concept maps, especially in science classrooms where one big idea can have multiple branching parts. Some other benefits of concept maps are:

  • They’re a visual medium. Students can see the physical lines that connect many topics, and what those connections are. These maps can also hang on a wall and can be used as a reference throughout a unit.
  • They can be creative! Concept maps allow students to use their creative skills through their choice of mapping, symbolism, or structure. Concept maps can become pieces of art!

Concept maps are one of the strategies that actually make thinking visible, literally. The students actually map out the connections that they are making to their prior knowledge and they can place their new knowledge into the map, and it’s all visible there on the paper.

Image result for creative concept maps

3. Circle of Viewpoints

In a science class, it can be easy to lose sight of the social aspects of the topics being discussed. Circle of Viewpoints gives students the opportunities to take a step back and view the problem from another angle. Activities like this challenge students to look at the world through multiple lenses and evaluate their feelings about science in a social world.

Image result for circle of viewpoints
This entry was posted in Making Thinking Visible. Bookmark the permalink.

122 Responses to Making Thinking Visible: Developing Habits of Critical Thinkers

  1. Pingback: buy cialis over the counter

  2. Pingback: ivermectin 4000 mcg

  3. Pingback: ivermectin lotion for lice

  4. Pingback: buy generic stromectol

  5. Pingback: stromectol ivermectin for humans

  6. Pingback: stromectol tablets

  7. Pingback: ivermectin use

  8. Pingback: stromectol 3mg cost

  9. Pingback: stromectol pills

  10. Pingback: luckyland slots real money

  11. Pingback: invermectin

  12. Pingback: stromectol pill price

  13. Pingback: ambienonline

  14. Pingback: horse paste ivermectin

  15. Pingback: ivermectin coronavirus

  16. Pingback: stromectol online

  17. Pingback: buy cheap furosemide

  18. Pingback: furosemide brand name in india

  19. Pingback: ivermectin canada

  20. Pingback: stromectol medicine

  21. Pingback: generic cialis daily

  22. Pingback: where to buy stromectol online

  23. Pingback: ivermectin uk buy

  24. Pingback: what is ivermectin used for

  25. Pingback: ivermectin to buy

  26. Pingback: ivermectin gold

  27. Pingback: cialis generic

  28. Pingback: natural viagra alternatives

  29. Pingback: cialis cost 20mg

  30. Pingback: stromectol stay active

  31. Pingback: real money casino no deposit

  32. Pingback: stromectol prices

  33. Pingback: ivermectin msds

  34. Pingback: cialis without a doctor prescription

  35. Pingback: my borgata

  36. Pingback: viagra jokes

  37. Pingback: win money casino online

  38. Pingback: cialis best price

  39. Pingback: natural viagra for men

  40. Pingback: steroid side effects

  41. Pingback: ivermectin tablets for humans for sale

  42. Pingback: tadalafil prix

  43. Pingback: buy online

  44. Pingback: merck covid 19 pills

  45. Pingback: can you buy generic cialis in canada

  46. Pingback: buy prednisone online overnight

  47. Pingback: cost prednisone 20mg

  48. Pingback: cialis kopen

  49. Pingback: cialis generic

  50. Pingback: sildenafil pills generic brand

  51. Pingback: sildenafil pills online purchase

  52. Pingback: stromectol ivermectinst

  53. Pingback: soft cialis generic

  54. Pingback: tadalafil powder suppliers

  55. Pingback: purchase sildenafil tablets

  56. Pingback: viagra cialis levitra trial pack

  57. Pingback: how much does cialis cost

  58. Pingback: tadalafil vs sildenafil

  59. Pingback: stromectol ivermectin

  60. Pingback: how to get generic viagra online

  61. Pingback: tadalafil warnings

  62. Pingback: how do i order viagra

  63. Pingback: how much is ivermectin

  64. Pingback: buy liquid ivermectin

  65. Pingback: cost of tadalafil without prescription

  66. Pingback: exceed viagra and cialis

  67. Pingback: prednisone without prescription

  68. Pingback: cost of ivermectin

  69. Pingback: stromectol walgreens

  70. Pingback: ignition casino how to cash out

  71. Pingback: It has never been easy to buy ammo online. Especially the ammo that can be used by an adult. We also offer discrete and overnight shipping to most countries across the globe. conducted a series of tests with the intention of standardizing a PDW cartridge

  72. Pingback: Beretta Shotguns

  73. Pingback: buy ivermectin online

  74. Pingback: ivermectin in india

  75. Pingback: how much does ivermectin cost

  76. Pingback: Anonymous

  77. Pingback: Anonymous

  78. Pingback: Sleep tips for teens

  79. Pingback: Anonymous

  80. Pingback: play game

  81. Pingback: ตรวจหวยวันนี้

  82. Pingback: intermectine

  83. Pingback: ตรวจหวย

  84. Pingback: สโบเบ็ต

  85. Pingback: Beretta 1301 Tactical Review

  86. Pingback: how to become a truck driver

  87. Pingback: Chicago Style Essay Format Example

  88. Pingback: mega888

  89. Pingback: dumps with pin

  90. Pingback: 다시보기 사이트

  91. Pingback: order medical marijuana online

  92. Pingback: wow slot

  93. Pingback: itjobsavenue.com

  94. Pingback: cdl job

  95. Pingback: Bonuses

  96. Pingback: slot999

  97. Pingback: เพิ่มขนาด

  98. Pingback: Buy GP Stan 10 (WINTROL TABS)

  99. Pingback: เว็บ slotx

  100. Pingback: สล็อตวอเลท ไม่มีขั้นต่ำ

  101. Pingback: car dealership surveillance

  102. Pingback: HomeRite of Maryland

  103. Pingback: shanghai dumps and cvv shop

  104. Pingback: ถาดกระดาษ

  105. Pingback: europa führerschein kaufen

  106. Pingback: สล็อตเว็บตรง

  107. Pingback: Buy Firearms Online

  108. Pingback: buy fullz online

  109. Pingback: best site to buy cvv

  110. Pingback: relx

  111. Pingback: 旅游酒店

  112. Pingback: kardinal stick

  113. Pingback: คาสิโนออนไลน์เว็บตรง

  114. Pingback: บาคาร่า1688

  115. Pingback: Car dealership security

  116. Pingback: Generic viagra

  117. Pingback: hop over to this website

  118. Pingback: URL

  119. turner69 says:

    Circle of viewpoints could be used for any number of social conflicts in science, such as GMOs. One student could play the part of a farmer and the other could play the part of conservationist. The two could discuss the potential benefits and harms that those two people might see in the issue. This way students would come to understand the many sides of the story there are and how most things aren’t a black and white issue.

  120. turner69 says:

    Thanks for the questions Anna, as someone who really loves the content and teaching it, it’s not my main goal. I think it is much more valuable and worthwhile to work on these habits, but through a framework that’s founded in the content. One way that I think is effective in breaking bad habits is by calling them out when they happen. This was an approach my chemistry teacher used in his class, and I don’t mean it in a demeaning way, but by acknowledging it, students begin to recognize it themselves. As for developing these habits, I think mtv strategies are the best way to go, but another way that we are lucky enough to have in science is through experimentation. Doing real experiments, where students are creating their own hypotheses, designing a procedure, and drawing conclusions from raw data is another way to foster a critical mindset that utilizes these habits.

    (I also really recommend the power of habits. It was very eyeopening, and it’s a great read.)

  121. pagear2 says:

    Hey Aaron!
    Something that I always love about your blog posts is how you always make a reference to some other type of media or literature. I am always just so interested to explore whatever you referenced and see how it connects to teaching or even just to my personal life. In your own classroom, how do you plan on getting students out of the “habits” that were discussed in the video? Do you just plan on only techniques that make thinking visible or do you have other strategies in mind? Is getting your students out of these habits one of the most important things for you to do as a teacher as opposed to teaching content?

  122. leachca2 says:

    Hi Aaron!
    This was a great post! I really liked how you talked about the book Power of Habits! I’ll have to put that on my reading list. I really enjoyed how you discussed different strategies that take different amounts of time so we can manage our time better in the classroom. Could you give an example on how circle of viewpoints could be used in a science classroom?

Leave a Reply