We value each child’s ability to reflect – both deeply and creatively – on their knowledge and observations. Visible Thinking Routines, developed by the Graduate School for Education at Harvard University, are structures to make the abstract task of “thinking” concrete. These routines allow students to see their thoughts through words and pictures by creating various pathways that help to foster ideas. Each routine has a few simple steps and becomes a tool in a thinker’s learning toolbox. For example, some thinking routines help introduce an unfamiliar topic, some help the student consider multiple perspectives, and some seek to gain empathy. With regular practice across multiple disciplines, students learn when which tool – inquiry, reasoning, exploration, reflection – is needed in different situations. For more information, please visit this link.