The Visible Thinking Routines have been created by Harvard’s Project Zero and can be found in full here. My hope is that my thinking around each routine sparks an idea for you that can in turn grow and develop into deep thinking for your students. I would love to hear how you are using these routines in your classroom so please feel free to comment below. This weeks routine in practice is The Explanation Game.
I was recently challenged to contemplate the application of Ron Richhart's cultural forces to an Indigenous context. Many of us in Australia teach students from Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander backgrounds and/or teach Indigenous content within our curriculum. However, it is easy to overlook the individual needs of this specific group of students and the value we place on Indigenous content within our classroom. So, I decided to ask the question "How can we manipulate the cultural forces to meet the individual needs of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander students and explore Indigenous content within our classroom?" The result is this resource.
To create this resource I examined research on Indigenous pedagogy, embodied the 8 ways of Aboriginal learning within each force and consulted with an Aboriginal Education Liaison Officer. I hope that it can be useful to your thinking, your teaching and your students growth as learners and Australians who share in this story.
Amy Gill -