Course 3, Week 2: Facilitating Collaboration

What do you think?

Thinking routines is a new concept for me although it has been around for years. I watched Project Zero Thinking Routines to gain a basic understanding. I learned these are strategies like See, Think, Wonder (STW), people can use to guide them towards a productive way of processing information that becomes so routine, it’s easy.  Harvard Graduate School of Education shared, “Thinking Routines loosely guide learners’ thought processes and encourage active processing.”

Visible thinking routines

Next, I took a look into Visible Thinking Routines (VTR). In his blog, Sean Hampton Cole defined VTR as, “having a carefully chosen set of embedded cognitive and meta-cognitive tools to think with and to use to understand better.”

Padlet

Then, I decided to create my first Padlet and ask my colleagues to share how they have used the See, Think, Wonder visible thinking routine. I hoped this would start a conversation to lead to healthy collaboration.

I found out from the Padlet attempt I have been a part of STW activities in the past but I hadn’t made the connection it was a visible thinking routine. I will update my blog as I receive more collaboration on my Padlet.

In summary

I wholeheartedly agree collaborating with my colleagues is a wonderful way to learn and improve my practice. Also, I see the value in planning a collaboration for my students. Currently, I work a lot one-on-one with students right now. I haven’t begun working with groups of students yet. I will be thinking of ways I can include collaboration among students and keep an eye out for how my classroom teacher colleagues might be able to also.

ISTE Standards for Educators

6.c. Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.

 

Resources

Project Zero's Thinking Routine Toolbox.

Visible Thinking Routines for Blogging

What is Visible Thinking Really

 

 

Course 3, Week 1: We are all Designers

Boring! You could have scored my blog’s visual hierarchy level fair at best. I realized I needed to make changes on my blog to better communicate with my readers. What do you think of the new and improved version?

My blog before the changes. 

Changes

We tell our students to show, not tell when writing. I’m afraid I did a lot of telling and not a lot of showing. The blog is text-heavy and I worry readers will skim or scan without wanting to read the post. The colors are muted. It may not look appealing or draw the reader into the topic.

My blog would be more aesthetically appealing if I could improve the images, font sizes, the colors on the page, and the layout of the text.

Images

I decided to remove the picture of myself on vacation. I realized if this were a travel blog it might make sense; however, since it is a teacher-tech blog it is not fitting.

Font size

I changed the title to make it simpler and spelled out the acronym in smaller text. I included different size headings to guide the reader to see what is more important.

Colors

I changed the colors of the blog to try to appeal to my readers and improve the readability.

Layout

I shortened my paragraphs and included more headings to chunk the information to make the content clearer.

TL;DR

As you can see on this page, there were a few changes I made to my blog to make it more appealing to my readers. Leave a reply below. I’d love to hear what you think about the changes and any suggestions you have for me!