Well here it is—the meat of the Make Thinking Visible book! I have been promising for quite a while to get to the good stuff and it’s officially here!
I have heard of and utilized Chalk Talk many times in my classroom. In fact, in a past post, I wrote about how we used this activity to share our memories of the school year. In case you are not familiar with this activity, students have a conversation on paper. The room should ideally be silent. You place a different prompt on a different piece of chart paper and place them on tables in the room. Then you provide students with markers and they move around from paper to paper responding to the prompt. They should read the responses already there and consider responding to them. That could be done through questions, connections, or elaboration. Then as a whole class, you review all the responses and discuss.
Each of these routines listed above should be modeled before you have students try them. Further, you may need to circulate and encourage deeper thinking and elaboration for each activity. All activities should have a sharing session at the end and some form of documentation to reference later during the unit.
Next week, I’ll finish with the other three routines for introducing and exploring ideas. I hope you can join me! Also, if you missed the beginning of this series and want to check them out – you can:
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