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May 16, 2020


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Summer School: Making thinking visible

Exploring Tools and Structures to Develop Powerful Thinking Habits

Berlin Brandenburg International School is proud to announce the Teacher Summer School 2019 in cooperation with Mark Church, who works with educators throughout the world striving to create cultures of thinking in their classrooms and schools. Mark encourages teachers to make their classroom environments rich with the documents of student thinking processes

Mark is 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 the world. Together with Ron Ritchhart, Mark is co-author of the book Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners (Jossey-Bass, 2011) and the upcoming book, The Power of Making Thinking Visible (Jossey-Bass, release date 2020).

Learning is a product of thinking, yet with the demands teachers and students face today, real cognitive endeavors can get easily buried or missed altogether. Assignments and projects often become work for work's sake rather than being real opportunities for students to get their heads around concepts that challenge and expand their developing understanding. Teachers often want to promote more thinking in the classroom, but without tools and structures at hand, it’s hard to bring thinking front and center to the learning process.

In Harvard Project Zero’s Making Thinking Visible, thinking routines are used regularly to help make students’ thinking prominent in the classroom and to deepen their understanding. The power of routines comes from using them to establish patterns of thinking in the classroom.

In this three-day summer course, participants will learn about thinking routines and how they can be applied in a variety of classroom contexts, from early years through high school. Participants will also consider questions like: How do teachers move beyond the use of routines merely as good activities to their establishment as patterns of thinking? What do classrooms look like when such patterns take hold? What are the payoffs for students and for teachers when thinking becomes routine?

The course will be held from 5 – 7 August 2019 at the BBIS Campus, located in a green area 30 minutes from the center of Berlin