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May 16, 2020


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Summer School: Making thinking routine

Communicating Expectations for a Thought-full Classroom

Berlin Brandenburg International School is proud to announce the Teacher Summer School 2018 in cooperation with Mark Church, co-author of Making Thinking Visible; project staff consultant with the Cultures of Thinking team at Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Previously, Mark taught at the International Schools of Düsseldorf and Amsterdam and now works with teachers around the world on Making Thinking Visible ideas.

As teachers have made intentional efforts to put thinking at the center of the educational enterprise over a number of years, we’ve noticed many shifts and developments. One such shift is when teachers move from the question “What thinking routine shall I use with my students?” to the question “What thinking do I wish to make routine within my students?” This strikes us as a rather powerful moment on this culture of thinking journey: moving from a sole focus on practices toward a broader view of placement, and in fact, purposes. Just what results – in the near term and in the far reach – could students achieve when thinking becomes routine? And how might we communicate in explicit and subtle ways the expectations and dreams we have for our students as powerful thinkers and learners.

In this summer school workshop, we will explore expectations for thinking within a culture of thinking on multiple levels. Mark will invite participants to join him looking back and looking ahead at the role thinking routines play in making thinking routine. He’ll introduce us to a few new routines under development that have great potential to build on the kinds of learning habits we wish to cultivate in students. And Mark will also examine and reflect upon other powerful shifts he has noticed among teachers as they plan for thinking and stay sensitive to and aware of its role in the learning process.

Through a variety of readings, experiences, and activities, participant will have a chance to frame the expectations they have for students to become creative and critical thinkers in daily lessons, in class discussions, in projects
and exams, and beyond. We’ll explore a number of tools and structures that help to leverage this bigger purpose of creating thought-full places of learning for all students.

The course will be held from 6 – 8 August 2018 at the BBIS Campus, located in a green area 30 minutes from the center of Berlin

Our contract hotel NH Kleinmachnow is a few minutes walk from the school. Please quote BBIS when booking your room.

The course fees is 450,– Euros net (plus 19% VAT = 535,50 Euros gross to pay) which includes the book “Making Thinking Visible” (Ritchhart, Church, and Morrison, 2011), meals and snacks during the day and a social program with tours of Berlin and Potsdam.

Deadline for registration is 15 June 2018. After registering via Google Forms you will receive an email confirmation. Please assure that your full payment reaches us within ten days after receipt of the e-mail. In case no payment is received, we will assign the place to the next person on the waiting list.
For cancellations before 30 May, we refund 50% of the course fee.
Please do not book hotel and travel arrangements until you have received an email confirmation of your registration for the course.


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