How Do I Know They Know? How Do They?

Making Student Thinking Visible through Documentation & Reflection

Step 1: Partner Up!

  • Teams of 3
  • Materials: index cards, discussion area
  • 45 minutes


Step 2: Pick-a-Piece

Each partner picks one element to explore (10 min)

Partner 1 - Documentation
Consider This: How & How Often Are Students Documenting their Thinking & Learning?
  1. Read: Documentation: When Does It Make Learning Visible? (5 min)
  2. Reflect: Documentation Of/For/As Learning
  3. Respond:
    • What role does documentation play in student learning?
    • Where might this practice offer the greatest benefit to students?


Partner 2 - Reflection
Consider This:
  1. Read:What Meaningful Reflection On Student Work Can Do for Learning
  2. Reflect: Reflection Prompts
  3. Respond:
    • What role does reflection play in student learning?
    • Where might this practice offer the greatest benefit to students?

Partner 3 - Visible Thinking Routines
Consider This:
  1. Select a Core Routine to Review
  2. Reflect on the range of student thinking that could be exposed through this routine
    • What role do these routines play in learning?
    • Where in your curriculum might this routine be most helpful for teachers? For Students? Why?


Discuss & Design

Return to your partners (12-15 min)

Discuss:
  • Share your topic and the role you believe it plays in learning
  • Consider the relationship between documentation and reflection in the context of student learning
  • Discuss where each practice offers the greatest benefit for students? For teachers?

Design: (10 min)
  • Think "small shift, big impact"
  • Drawing from your current practice or one of the routines/resources below, please draft a simple activity for students to document and reflect on their learning.


Document & Reflect: (10 min)
  • Document: post your draft activity in our discussion area
  • Reflect: Consider the posts above and below yours in our discussion area:
    • How might their draft activity make student thinking & learning more visible?
    • What impact might this have on your moves as a teacher? On student learning?