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

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

Author(s): Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church, Karin Morrison
ISBN13: 9780470915516
ISBN10: 047091551X
Format: Paperback With DVD
Pages: 320
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Year Publish: 2011 April

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.

  1. Helps direct student thinking and structure classroom discussion
  2. Can be applied with students at all grade levels and in all content areas
  3. Includes easy-to-implement classroom strategies
  4. The book also comes with a DVD of video clips featuring Visible Thinking in practice in different classrooms

About The Authors:
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.