Thinking Routines


It has taken me a while to get back to this. The beginning of the school year is always busy but this year was busier than most – might have had something to do with my New Year’s Resolution: have more fun. The moral of the story: if you party with friends all weekend you don’t have much time left for school work and blogging!

The last edition of Metaphor had some great articles (Well done Mel Dixon and team!) and I was ‘specially interested in Thinking Routines, an article by Matthew Bentley, so I spent some time checking out the Harvard University’s Visible Thinking website.  It is a great resource, easy to navigate and ‘plain English’ explanations of the theory and the practice. I plan to try out a few of the routines in the weeks ahead.

Our Year 10’s are working on ‘Voices of a Generation’ this term. The main concept is that language enpowers us and throughout history people have used language in many creative ways to change their world. We begin with protest songs, take a look at Romanticism and move on to to famous speeches. Kids are asked to consider how they can be the voice of their generation and the ‘tools’ they have to do this. So I am going to try out the Thinking Routine ‘HereNow/There Then’ after we compare Dire Straights’ Industrial Disease and William Blake’s London. Should be fun!

Another great little site I’ve been using with the Interactive Whiteboard is It’s a handy site where you put in a spelling list and the site generates about 15 games as well as a ‘test’ feature and a ‘teachme’ feature. Have a look, it’s free and easy to use.

About lyntiernan

I teach kids. Mostly English but sometimes good manners, how to have fun learning, that you are never too old to learn something new, that we all make mistakes and what we do about mistakes is who we become, that the future is not some place we are going to but a place we are creating and... I like learning and adapting new technology in the classroom I'm good with my new IWB, websites and email but hopeless with mobile phones!

3 responses »

  1. Pingback: Who was that man in the mask? (or persona in Atwood’s poetry!) « Lyn’s Blog

  2. Thanks Mike – it is mainly a resource site for our school English programmes and I don’t get to work on it much these days.

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