Making Thinking Visible

Making Thinking VisibleI’m participating in the 20-day Blogging Challenge from Jennifer Brower over at Where Books and Technology Meet. She posted 20 days of blogging challenges for librarians back in January. I’m modifying and responding to one prompt each week. Well, except for the three-month blogging hiatus I took!

Challenge: Tell about a professional read that has had an impact on you. Why/How?

Last summer a coworker and I started reading Making Thinking Visible together. It’s a book I’ve remarked upon several times. After reading much of the book over the summer months and making some plans for instructional strategies we wanted to try, we shared the book with our teacher of gifted students. She was hooked and wrote a proposal for us to receive professional development credit for continuing our book club. We pulled in a few more readers and the book became a touchstone for many of us this year.

I highly recommend picking up a copy and a pile of post-it notes. It’s a book that you can read several ways. If you want to read the entire text, go for it. If you don’t have as much time as you would like, then read the introductory pieces to each section and skim to pick out thinking routines you want to try with your students. It is organized by purpose. If you want to start with a reflecting routine, read the 4-6 pages about a single routine and try it. Then come back to the book ready for a new routine!

I do have a Pinterest Board where I’m curating pins related to thinking routines. It’s in its infancy and still needs a few pins, but there are some gems already there.

We have enjoyed reading the book so much that we are going to keep our book group together for at least another year. Instead of choosing a new text to focus on, we want to deepen our practice with these strategies. We’re going to reread for better understanding and bring in some staff members who are interested in reading it for the first time.

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