One of the more popular things I do is post “Look to Learn” activities. These are a combination of Thinking Routines with rich media. The main idea of Thinking Routines is:
… it’s not enough for students to learn “critical thinking strategies,” but research from the Visible Thinking group at Harvard’s Project Zero has found that students also need to develop the disposition to engage in such a process. One approach is to promote a culture of questioning and thinking in the daily life of the classroom.
What I like to do is apply these great Thinking Routines to rich media stimulus. I do this using a Tumblr Web site. Below is a screengrab of the latest posts. Enjoy! And let me know how students like them!
I recently did a Webinar on this topic. Which is a bit absurd, really, because each deserves not only its own Webinar, but a full course to do justice to the ideas, models and research. But the point of the Webinar was to stimulate thinking in a couple areas:
to see that a shift toward Intrinsic Motivation IS possible and robustly supported by rich pedagogies, and
these pedagogies, when used in harmony, actually create synergies that maximise their benefits.
So the purpose of this post is to provide links to resources that people can pursue to learn more about each of the pedagogies. As the graphic below suggests, there are LOTS more than 5 great pedagogies and many more than are shown here. My goal was to choose a reasonable number and play with how they can be integrated. You can access a recording of the Webinar if you are interested.
Using backward design, does your school have a continuum of rich performance tasks that validate the vision and prompt interdisciplinary demonstrations of students’ understandings that require their transfer to new contexts?
The little clip below shows a few clever ways animals. props and videos were used to “write” a graphic illustration. You can get your heads around this a few different ways using the See-Think-Wonder routine. You might explore “how” it was done, what text you would write, or to plan how you will use animals you know to write an important message.
The section of video below uses clever illustration to make a point about how our unconscious can influence us without our knowing it. In other words, thoughts that we don’t even notice can affect the decisions we make.
You might respond to the video below on how this might apply to you or you could even look closer at the clever animation.