There are 8 practices associated with the method
- slow looking
- thinking routines
- questioning skills
- facilitation skills
- collaborative learning
- practice and coaching
- reflective practice
Each of these practices plays a crucial role in the method.
I always say that it’s not just about the thinking routines, it’s the combination of practices that make this such a powerful method. It’s not just a strategy, the VTM method is a practice, a way of being or a state, you could say.
Whilst I love thinking routines – their structure, flexibility and variety, the way they foster thinking – I know it takes MORE to create an engaging and memorable discussion around art and objects.
You also need to work on your questioning technique, employ facilitation skills, work in a variety of different ways and encourage collaborative learning. You need to practice, practice, practice. You need to get coached and receive feedback and you need to develop a truly reflective practice.
It’s the combination of all these 8 practices TOGETHER that make VTM so powerful.
These practices are the foundation for the method – which is why so many episodes in this podcast have been about subjects related to all of these. That’s why I keep talking about questions, facilitation, coaching, reflection and more.