On Friday, October 24th, over 85 participants joined the Martin Institute for a learning seminar on "Making Thinking Visible.” To kick off the seminar, the morning session was led by a team of Presbyterian Day School (PDS) teachers and featured a presentation by Heather Fisher of Dogwood Elementary School. The presenters used Harvard Thinking Routines to discuss how to make thinking visible and the impact of such visual and tangible cognitive approaches on the classroom and its students.
After a lunch served by Jincy’s catering, Alice Parker, a PDS teacher, facilitated the afternoon session that aimed to engage the participants in metacognitive activities. The PDS 4th grade boys helped Alice demonstrate energizing “brain break” chants for seminar participants to take away for use in their own classrooms. Lastly, to conclude the seminar, participants used the “Headline” thinking routine (see attached picture) to summarize -- and make visible -- their learning for the day.