SAME DIFFERENT GAIN
Then moving on to Same Different Gain. I explored this thinking routine fully in a thinking routine class earlier this year. This thinking routine being piloted by Re-imagining Migration in partnership with Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
It asks you to identify the two items you would like to compare [e.g. stories, places, cases, situations, texts, objects and in our case, it was two artworks] and then look and examine each one closely. We came up with a list of observations for both artworks – resisting the temptation to start interpreting at this point. It’s all about ‘Say what you see, not what you think’.
Then we moved on to comparing:
What do you see that is the same across the two? Name commonalities and patterns
What do you see that is different? Name the differences you observe
And then the final question: What do we gain from comparing the two?
Essentially, this question is getting us to think about whether thinking about differences and similarities changes the way we see things. It’s a useful thinking routine and I’d like to try it out with more artworks or objects.