Visible Thinking: Discover the Power of Thinking Routines - Helsinki
Available in: Split, Dublin, Helsinki, Barcelona, Rome
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Critical thinking is a vital competence in the 21st century. The accelerating changes and ubiquitous digital surroundings have transformed how we access information, communicate, and learn.
With a huge amount of information just one click away, our classrooms need to provide students with enough opportunities to develop their thinking skills for comprehensive and autonomous deep learning, now more than ever.
However, thinking is, in general, an invisible process. We rarely get to “see” our students’ thinking process, rather only the results of their thinking. Therefore, to cultivate the competence of critical thinking, an important question for teachers is how to make this invisible process visible.
Making the process visible provides teachers with better opportunities to help students handle their way of thinking and build good thinking habits.
During this course, you will learn how to make the thinking process visible to facilitate your students’ cognitive engagement and understanding. Visible thinking is a research-based approach to deepen content learning and cultivate students’ thinking skills and dispositions.
Thinking routines are simple, but powerful tools that help visualize the thinking processes through a variety of graphic organizers. It has been widely used in different countries, among different subjects and levels, proven to be effective in enhancing student engagement and learning.
During this course, you will gain an understanding of the benefits of visible thinking in promoting deep learning. You will learn some practical classroom thinking routines to promote active and higher-level thinking that is visible to both you and your students.
This course uses the learning by doing approach: you will have the opportunity to practice using the thinking routines, and learn from reflecting and discussing the experience.
Last but not least, you will have a chance to reflect and discuss the opportunities and potential struggles of creating an environment that fosters and supports an active culture of thinking to learn in your classrooms.
By the end of this course, you will have gained a thorough understanding of the strengths of the visible thinking approach. You will be able to use the thinking routines in your classroom to make thinking visible to you and your students. Finally, you will be capable of supporting your students in the process of becoming critical and independent thinkers and problem-solvers, which will enable them to be responsible citizens in the 21st century.
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