May 3, 2014
Routines are a set of repeated patterns of action that can be integrated and used in a variety of contexts. In a classroom context, routines are patterned in such a way to manage and facilitate the accomplishments of specific purposes or tasks. Most important among the routines established in the classroom are the thinking routines which help promote students thinking.
Visible Thinking, as a learning approach, makes extensive use of thinking routines in class.These routines, according to Visiviblethinkingpz.org, are are simple structures, for example ” a set of questions or a short sequence of steps, that can be used across various grade levels and content. What makes them routines, versus merely strategies, is that they get used over and over again in the classroom so that they become part of the fabric of classroom’ culture. The routines become the ways in which students go about the process of learning.”
To better understand how to use the visible thinking approach with your students and cultivate a thinking culture in your class, Langwitches has this wonderful infographic to share with you.This visual features a number of key thinking routines together with examples of how to use them with learners. Have a look and let us know what you think of it.