Thinking Routines

See, Think, Wonder

What do you see?  (Make lots of observations)

What do you think about that?

What does it make you wonder?


See, Wonder, Connect (National Gallery of Art adaptation of See-Think-Wonder)

What do you see? (make lots of observations)

What does it make you wonder?

In what ways do you connect with what you see?


Creative Questions & Sentence Starters

Brainstorm a set of questions about a student’s post. Use these question-starters to help you think of interesting questions:

“Tell me more about…”

“I wonder if…”

“I was surprised by….”  

“I connected to…”  

“What I found interesting was…” 

“I learned from your post that…”

“One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is…”


Step Inside

What is this person thinking about or focusing on? 

What might this person understand or believe? 

What might this person care deeply about?


Connect, Extend, Challenge

Connect: How do the ideas and information presented connect to what you already know?

Extend: What new ideas did you get that extended or pushed your thinking in new directions?

Challenge: What is challenging or confusing for you to get your mind around? What questions, wonderings or puzzles do you now have?


Circle of Viewpoints (adapted)

Make a list of people who might have different perspectives on a topic and then use the outline below to explore their various points of view:

1. I am thinking of [the topic] from the point of view of [the person whose perspective you want to explore]

2. I think [pretend to be this person and describe what you think]

3. A question I have from this viewpoint is [ask a question from your character's perspective]

4. Something I don't know about this viewpoint is [stop pretending to be the person and describe what you don't know or can't know about this person's viewpoint. What information might help you understand their perspective better?]

This routine can be used to consider the diversity of perspectives that might be present in your walking party. Before you post your own work or comment on the work of another students, use this routine to explore how it may be interpreted from a variety of perspectives.