Building a Culture of Thinking at OLPS

Cultures of Thinking – Visible Thinking

In 2016, the staff engaged in a number of professional learning opportunities on the Cultures of Thinking (COT). As a result, Thinking Routines are evident in classrooms and act as a way of engaging the students in deep thinking and collaboration to extend student learning and improve learning outcomes for all.

Examples of routines used in 2016 include:
See, Think, Wonder
Chalk Talk
I use to think… now I think
Colour, Symbol, Image

In 2017, our aim to build on these routines and to introduce additional routines to embed in classroom practice. As teachers at OLPS, we endeavour to encourage a culture of thinking in our classrooms.  When using Thinking Routines, students learn strategies that extend and deepen their thinking and then hopefully, these become part of their everyday life.  Examples of Thinking Routines are displayed in all classrooms and the children are becoming more familiar with them every day.

“Visible Thinking has a double goal: on the one hand, to cultivate students’ thinking skills and dispositions, and, on the other, to deepen content learning. By thinking dispositions, we mean curiosity, concern for truth and understanding, a creative mindset, not just being skilled but also alert to thinking and learning opportunities and eager to take them.” Ref: Visible Thinking by Project Zero.

In 2017 we also aim to make explicit in classrooms the eight cultural forces that define our classrooms: Expectations, Opportunities, Time, Modelling, Language, Environment, Interactions and Routines.

You may wish to visit the following website where you can explore some interesting insights into Visible Thinking.

Visible Thinking