I notice you’ve got a really beautiful UOI display. What’s that all about? Ha, ya, I guess it is colorful, but that’s mostly incidental. For the past couple years I’ve been engaged in experimenting with an action research project to figure out the most effective way of organizing my Unit of Inquiry boards. I think I’m on […]

Several people have asked me to share my experiences with teaching a Unit of Inquiry without sharing the Central Idea with my students. Below is an interview I participated in, as a way of sharing my experiences with others. If any folks reading this have similar experiences, questions, or comments, I’d love to hear from you. Leave […]

Peel the Fruit

I have been looking for a good way to structure my unit of inquiry board. I’ve noticed that over the course of the unit, we discover and create all kinds of useful artefacts: charts, lists, maps, questions. Without a structured way of organizing all that information and knowledge, my unit boards (and usually the surrounding walls) […]

CSI: Colour, Symbol, Image

CSI is one of the more challenging  Visible Thinking Routines but it can really help students develop their understanding of a topic. The basic format is like this: Think 
of 
the 
big 
ideas 
and 
important 
themes 
in 
what
 you 
have 
just 
read, 
seen, or 
heard. Choose
 a
 COLOUR 
that
 you 
think 
best 
represents 
the 
essence 
of […]

Circle of Viewpoints

I have made a simple graphic organiser to helps students follow the Circle of Viewpoints thinking routine. I find this routine an accessible way for students to see a topic or issue from different points of view. Sometimes, I use this routine first, and then add on to it with “Step Inside“. Copied directly from […]