Thinking Routines: Establishing Patterns of Thinking in the Classroom by Mark Church

In 'Making Thinking Visible', thinking routines are used regularly to help make students’ thinking visible and as a tool for deepening students’ understanding.

However, the real power of thinking routines comes from using them to establish patterns of thinking in the classroom. How do teachers move beyond the use of routines as good activities to their establishment as patterns of thinking? What do classrooms look like when such patterns take hold?

In this interactive presentation, participants will have a chance to learn how teachers are working with thinking routines to transform the classrooms into cultures of thinking.

This session is designed for beginners wishing to know more about thinking routines.

Mark Church

Mark Church works with educators throughout the world striving to create cultures of thinking in their classrooms and schools.

Mark challenges teachers to foster thinking dispositions in students in service of deep understanding. He invites teachers to promote a discourse of thinking in their classrooms that communicates value for student sense-making. Mark encourages teachers to make their classroom environments rich with the documents of student thinking processes.

Mark is currently a consultant with Harvard Project Zero’s Making Thinking Visible and Cultures of Thinking initiatives worldwide, drawing upon his own classroom teaching experience and from the perspectives he has gained working with educators throughout North America, Australia, Asia, and Europe. Mark enjoys helping teachers examine opportunities for student thoughtfulness, use thinking routines as supports and scaffolds, interact with students in ways that demonstrate interest in and respect for students’ thinking, and send clear expectations about the importance and value of thinking in learning.

Together with Ron Ritchhart and Karin Morrison, Mark is co-author of the book Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners (Jossey-Bass, 2011).

Additional Info

  • Timetable: Friday, Session 1, 10:00-11:30 Congress Hall A