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Gosling Glen and Duckling Dell: Street signs that make us think

Driving through Amherst, Nova Scotia, I saw this street intriguing sign. The elementary school teacher in me was intrigued. For the rest of my drive, I thought about how to use this image as an anchor for a project that … Continue reading

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Close Looking (2): Using logos to develop critical thinking

You may know about close reading as a “thoughtful, critical analysis of a text that focuses on significant details or patterns in order to develop a deep, precise understanding of the text’s form, craft, meanings, etc.” (nieonline.com) But have you … Continue reading

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Close Looking (3): What is this?

Spotted on the door of a classroom: When students enter this classroom, a “Wondering Prompt” such as an image, soundscape, or object invites them to look closely, listen closely, or read closely. Students begin each day with a mindset focused … Continue reading

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Close Looking (4): Lots and lots of angles

Share this image with your students image and ponder the thinking questions below. What is it? (If you’re not sure, search for “transformer towers”) How many different shapes can you see? How many different angles can you see? When does … Continue reading

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Using Old Stuff (3): Making comparisons

Completing this activity with your colleagues allows you to experience how comparing the old with the new is an engaging cross curricular experience that has many applications for classroom instruction. This activity begins with a homework assignment designed to instill … Continue reading

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Using Old Stuff (2): Searching for information

This old phone (found in Nelson Ghost Town, Nevada) provides an opportunity for teachers and students to experience how examining old things (with some guiding questions) provides an opportunity to experience how thinking, analyzing, synthesizing, and sharing information leads to … Continue reading

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1st TODIE??? Seeing errors as a call to action

Deconstructing the cognitive processes involved in noticing and correcting an error is a great opportunity to become familiar with the layers of thinking an error provokes. Here’s an example: On first glance, I read the title of this James Patterson … Continue reading

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