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Tuesday, August 19, 2014


I recently read Making Thinking Visible by Ritchhart, Church, and Morrison (2011). 

Some of my key takeaways from this book:

  • “Understanding is not a precursor to application, analysis, evaluating, and creating but a result of it.” (p. 7) 
  • “In most settings, educators have focused more on the completion of work and assignments than on true development of understanding.” (p. 9
  • A Magical Teacher Question:  “What makes you think that?” 
  • Cultures of Thinking are places where a group’s collective as well as individual thinking is valued, visible, and actively promoted as part of the regular, day-to-day experience of all group members.” (p. 219
8 Thinking Moves Integral to Understanding 

  1. Observing closely and describing what’s there  
  2. Building explanations and interpretations  
  3. Reasoning with evidence  
  4. Making connections  
  5. Considering different viewpoints and perspectives  
  6. Capturing the heart and forming conclusions  
  7. Wondering and asking questions  
  8. Uncovering complexity and going below the surface of things (p. 11-13
 I love to learn about learning and I learned a lot about it from this book.

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