If you missed the Thinking Routines blog post #1 and #2 check them out! They will explain the direction of the next few posts in the upcoming weeks. My hope is you will see something and think, "Oh! I can use that when I'm teaching [insert topic/concept]". If you can't think of an idea, contact me any time and we can bounce ideas around together! : }
What is it?
Using headines is a way to summarize and capture the heart of the idea. It's a quick way to see the big idea and what stands out.
What does it look like?
Students/staff write a headline for a topic or issue that summarizes and captures a key aspect that they feel is significant or important. Students/staff should think of big ideas and important themes in what they have learned or are learning. Remember- these are headlines that 'capture' new learning. This goes beyond simply creating a title for an activity. One headline can't capture everything, but collectively you will be able to facilitate a discussion to find connections. As with all of these routines, they can be altered to fit whatever your need is. Similar to IB, it's very open. There isn't just one boxed way to do it. :)
CSI: Color. Symbol. Image
What is it?
Another great way to capture big ideas or important themes in what students have just read, seen or heard. This nonverbal routine forces visual connections. Students have to explain and justify their responses.
Now, how can you use these in your classroom? : ]