Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Making Thinking Visible {I Used to Think...Now I Think Routine}

I have been reading such a unique book called, Making Thinking Visible at my school with a few teachers and it's been filled with different routines to help promote "engagement, understanding, and independence" for students. I have loved trying out the different routines in my room because they are different methods than what I am used to, such as KWL charts or Compare and Contrast circles.
The routine, "I used to think, now I think" is all about students learning from their thinking and being able to reflect on their own understanding of a topic.
I used this routine during science and wanted to know if my students knew what the word "marsh" meant. I had them each take a white board and marker to their seats. They wrote down what they thought a marsh was. I stressed that it was alright if they were not totally sure because we would be learning about marshes together.
I then asked my students to place their white boards in front of the classroom. This is so they could look back at it later. Then, they wrote their same idea on a small blue sticky note so it could be part of our anchor chart. I reminded all of the students to use the sentence starter, "I think a marsh is..."
Here is a close look at a few of the responses. As you can see, there are some misundertandings of the word, "marsh."
We put all of the sticky notes on the anchor chart under the "I used to think..." section. I told my students this would be what we think a marsh is now, before we read about marshes together and confirm that our understanding is correct or learn what a marsh actually is.
Once the students learned what a marsh is, I had them use a yellow sticky note (I picked yellow because it matches the yellow light bulb!).
Here is the competed anchor chart! It is important that students look at the student responses and talk about how their thinking has shifted from their first understanding to what they think now.

I was so happy to hear the reflections and have students think about their thinking. You know, that metacognative piece!

If you liked this routine, you can view the "3-2-1 Bridge Routine" here.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing! It's a great idea and a very pretty chart of yours. I will try it out as soon as I can :)

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