As we work through the 8 Cultural Forces that Ron Ritchart has identified as necessary components to creating a Culture of Thinking, supporting and supplemental information will be included here for your use.
Thinking Routines - Chapter 7 (pp 171 to 199)
Thinking Routine Explanations
Before the Publication of Making Thinking Visible, the Visible Thinking Project grouped the routines that we saw broken down into Introducing and Exploring Ideas, Synthesizing and Organizing Ideas, and Digging Deeper Into Ideas into other categories. The following link has many of the same routines (and a few new ones) organized my Understanding, Fairness, Creativity and Truth.Visible Thinking in Action Homepage
Minds of Our Own
This is a great video about how we can fail to impart understanding to our students, with some ideas on how to address the deficits. Particularly interesting bits include
Start viewing at 3:45 to see Harvard and MIT graduates try to explain how a tree grows.
Start viewing at 6:30 to see how the nation's top students may have missed the point of photosynthesis, despite learning about it from 1st grade through 12th grade.Mind of Our Own
Modeling - Chapter 5 (pp 115 to 141)
Gradual Release of Responsibility
Interactions - Chapter 8 (pp 201 to 226)
Expectations - Chapter 2 (pp 39 to 60)