I have a golden rule when I introduce participants on my team trainings and in my VTMO course to thinking routines for the first time.
This that you should get to know one thinking routine really, really well before you learn any more.
This is usually See Think Wonder – probably the most well-known and famous thinking routine of them all I tell participants to get to know the routine as it is written before they start to add in any variations.
Try it out with a variety of different artworks and objects and different groups of all ages.
See what works and what doesn’t. Get a feel for the routine.
Then you can get to know a repertoire of thinking routines to have in your back pocket as an educator.
In Episode 6 I share 6 essential thinking routines that you should know. Get to know these really well so that you can use them in a variety of situations.
Once you’ve mastered STW and you have your repertoire and are confident and comfortable with thinking routines, then you can start to be more creative and experiment with them.
Yes, when you get started, it’s worth getting to know a small handful of routines and using them repeatedly until you feel comfortable and confident using them.
But once you have that confidence, something magical starts to happen. And this is where we can be more creative with thinking routines. Thinking routines are not rigid, inflexible structures. Unlike some protocols, You don’t have to use them exactly as they are written, without any room for creativity.
Think of thinking routines as flexible and malleable structures that you can use creatively to guide conversations around art and objects. As they are meant to be used repeatedly, you will find yourself wanting to be creative and inventive with them too.
So, In today’s episode I’m sharing 7 ways you can be creative with thinking routines.