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Close Looking: 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/tbtimes/downloads/CCSS_reading.pdf) But have you … Continue reading

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Close Looking: 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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Looking and wondering: When does a line become an angle?

Take a walk with your students or your child. Search for a line that becomes in interesting shape. The stop, look, question and encourage students to wonder. If it’s not a good day to go outside, have a look at … Continue reading

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Using Old Stuff Part 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” Part 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??? The Anatomy of an Error

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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What is this? Experiencing Curiosity, Questioning and Searching for Information

Start your next professional learning conversation with this “What is this?” challenge. Look closely at each image below. Search for more information in each image. Develop questions as you search. Image 1 Here are some questions to get you started: … Continue reading

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