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6 benefits of using thinking routines with art and objects

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I know thinking routines are a huge crowd pleaser.

I’m their biggest fan too – they have fundamentally changed the way I lead discussions around art and objects.

Used in combination with the other 7  practices of the VTM approach such as  good questions, a range of facilitation skills, slow looking  and more, you can create wonderfully engaging discussions in the museum about art and objects.

Used as part of a holistic approach, thinking routines will transform the way you work with objects and with audiences in the museum.

Thinking routines have wonderful benefits for the participants in your guided tours and educational programmes.

But I also believe thinking routines are incredibly useful and beneficial tools for you too – as a museum educator, guide, docent or teacher.  

And so today I’m going to focus on you – and I’m going to share some 6 key  benefits you’ll get  from working with these magical structures with art and objects. 

I going to talk about why routines are beneficial, the importance of structure, the flexibility of routines, how they help you to master sharing information and improve your questioning technique. And finally I’m ending with probably the biggest benefit of all – so stay tuned for that one!


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Episode 3 – The Magic of Thinking Routines

Episode 62 – 7 Ways to be creative with thinking routines

Episode 12 – 6 Best Practices for Sharing Information

Episode 36 – Quick Ways to Improve your Questioning Technique

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