Teachers Connect
Jul 24, 2019

EXTENDING VISUAL THINKING STRATEGIES

How might Visual Thinking Strategies support close reading of science, social studies, mathematics, or language arts texts?

If you have adapted VTS for classroom use, what have you discovered?


Jul 24, 2019

Advanced Institute Peer Review & Feedback

Two key aspects of the ABC Curriculum are revision and publication. The goal is to provide multiple opportunities for our students to share, receive constructive feedback, and revise their text. Put yourself in your students’ shoes!

  1. Share (publish) one writing sample you’ve composed this week (by 8 a.m. EDT Thursday, July 25). 
  2. Peer review two (2) of your colleagues’ work. Persuade them to edit their work work by offering explicit suggestions for ways their writing might be improved (reference 6+1 Traits writing rubrics) (by 8 a.m. EDT Friday, July 26).
  3. Reflect on your colleagues’ recommendations—what suggestions were offered that might improve your composition? 

Jul 11, 2019

Classroom Applications

Throughout the week, we’ve brainstormed ideas for adapting and applying what you have learned for use with your students. Select one idea and expand on how you would use it in your classroom. Describe what you want your students to learn and how you’ll know that they learned it!


Jul 10, 2019

Peer Review & Feedback

Two key aspects of the ABC Curriculum are revision and publication. The goal is to provide multiple opportunities for our students to share, receive constructive feedback, and revise their text. Put yourself in your students’ shoes!

  • Share (publish) one writing sample you’ve composed this week
  • Peer review two (2) of your colleagues’ work. Offer explicit suggestions for ways their writing might be improved (reference 6+1 Traits).
  • Reflect on your colleagues’ recommendations—what suggestions were offered that might improve your composition?

Jul 9, 2019

Considering VTS

Implementing Visual Thinking Strategies may challenge your long-held instructional practices. How might your teaching change if you adopt VTS? How might the VTS approach transform your students’ experiences and attitudes? Finally, how might VTS support close reading of disciplinary texts (i.e., science, social studies, mathematics, and language arts)?


Jul 8, 2019

Monday’s Reflection

Monday: Based on your first institute day, write about: 1) What you know; 2) What you want to know; and 3) What you learned.

Share one curricular connection that surfaced today. (Remember, this is a way to explore and better understand what you are learning and allows other participants to gain knowledge through your comments. Your blog entries also help staff know what needs clarification or further explanation throughout the week.


Jul 12, 2018

Plans for the Future

Throughout the week, we’ve brainstormed ideas for adapting and applying what you have learned for use with your students. Select one idea and expand on how you would use it in your classroom. Describe what you want your students to learn and how you’ll know that they learned it!


Jul 11, 2018

ABC Peer Review

Two key aspects of the ABC Curriculum are revision and publication. The goal is to provide multiple opportunities for our students to share, receive constructive feedback, and revise their text. Put yourself in your students’ shoes!

  • Share (publish) one writing sample you’ve composed this week
  • Peer review two (2) of your colleagues’ work. Offer explicit suggestions for ways their writing might be improved (reference 6+1 Traits).
  • Reflect on your colleagues’ recommendations—what suggestions were offered that might improve your composition?

Jul 10, 2018

VTS and Teaching

Implementing Visual Thinking Strategies may challenge your long-held instructional practices. How might your teaching change if you adopt VTS? How might the VTS approach transform your students’ experiences and attitudes? Finally, how might VTS support close reading of disciplinary texts (i.e., science, social studies, mathematics, and language arts)?


Jul 9, 2018

Monday’s Reflection

Reflect on today’s experience.  Describe two connections between what you already know and what you learned today.


Jul 13, 2017

FEELING SUCCESSFUL

During this week you are constructing samples of artists’ books, working with various art  materials, creating narratives, poems and finding superb words that can be used in your educational setting. What are some of the characteristics of your process in creating these samples that helped you feel a sense of satisfaction?  Reflecting on those characteristics (including mistakes!), identify those that you might share with your students as they work on their projects.  (persistence, forgiveness of self, patience, reflection, focus, imagining)


Jul 10, 2017

MAKING CONNECTIONS

Reflect on your experience today. What are two connections between what you already know and what you learned today? (Remember, this is a way to explore and better understand what you are learning and allows other participants to gain knowledge through your comments. During the week, your blog entries help staff know what needs clarification or further explanation.)


Jul 21, 2016

CONCEPTUALIZE

There are many concepts that could be taught through a single lesson from Art, Books, & Creativity. As you think about your final project and proposed lesson key idea or concept, what, specifically, do you want your students to learn through the lesson?


Jul 19, 2016

CHALLENGES

Challenges to beliefs, attitudes, or long held assumptions may be part of the Visual Thinking Strategies learning experience.   Will you have to make changes in your teaching style? How might the VTS approach provide experiences that may transform student attitudes toward their work in the classroom?


Jul 18, 2016

CONNECTIONS

Reflect on your experience today. What are two connections between what you already know and what you learned today? (Remember, this is a way to explore and better understand what you are learning and allows other participants to gain knowledge through your comments. During the week, your blog entries help staff know what needs clarification or further explanation.)