Beyond Thinking Routines: Examining Opportunities that Promote Powerful Thinking by Mark Church

For a number of years, many teachers have learned about and are making use of thinking routines as they engage students with course content in meaningful ways.

However, creating a culture of thinking is not about instituting a set of practices faithfully; rather, it is an ongoing process of reflecting upon and refining the choices we make as teachers to give more visibility and value to student thinking in order to shape learning.

This course is designed for those participants with previous ‘Making Thinking Visible’ experience who wish to continue their efforts along these lines. Specifically, this session will focus our attention on cultural forces beyond thinking routines -- namely, opportunities.

This session is appropriate for those experienced with thinking routines, and beginners interested in the ideas of creating a culture of thinking more broadly.

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: Saturday, Session 4, 09:30-10:55 Congress Hall C