This weeks thinking routine of the week is HEADLINES. This routine helps capture the essence or heart of an idea being discussed. It is also used for summarising and synthesising ideas.

Composed of just ONE question that asks:

‘If you were to write a headline for this topic or issue right now that captured the most important aspect that should be remembered, what would that headline be?’

This routine works well at the end of a discussion and in combination with other routines (such as 10×2+Step Inside + Headlines). It’s a good way of rounding up & concluding a discussion before moving on to the next object or artwork.

I’ve also had fun using it at the start of a discussion and then again at the end. You can ask participants to write down their headlines so that they can refer to them after they have written their second headline. They can then compare. I often also add the question for discussion ‘How has your headline changed during today’s discussion? How does it differ from what you said at the start?’

You can have your group create their headlines individually, in pairs or in small groups. Sometimes participants feel more comfortable creating and sharing their headlines in a pair or a group.

You can also combine with a think-pair-share and ask everyone to share their headline with a neighbour. Afterwards you can ask the question “Who heard a headline from someone else that they thought was particularly good at summing up what we discussed about this object/artwork?” to extend the discussion further.

I’ve also used variations of this thinking routine with different age groups – such as ‘TITLE’ (works well with artworks) and ‘ONE WORD’ (for younger age groups).

Have you used ‘Headlines’ before? Let me know in the comments below!

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