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10 years of Visible Thinking in the Museum

10 years ago, way back in 2011, I discovered the magic of Visible Thinking and starting developing Visible Thinking in the Museum – my method that uses thinking routines to help question formulation and structure, along with facilitation techniques, collaborative learning and museum education practices. Visible Thinking in the Museum is an easy-to-follow method that allows educators like you to confidently design, lead and manage engaging inquiry-led sessions with art, objects and ideas for any audience. But how did it come about? And why should you use it? All will be revealed in this week’s blog post - 10 years

What I learned from my first virtual facilitation session with art

Are you thinking about facilitating virtual sessions about art and artefacts, but wondering how your first session will go?  One of the members in my Visible Thinking Membership, Elisa Mosele, recently shared with me details of her first ever virtual facilitation using thinking routines with an artwork. In this week’s ‘pictures of practice’ post, I’m sharing our chat about what she did, how she did it and what worked well. Useful to anyone thinking about giving virtual facilitation a go! ⁠ Can you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about yourself? My name is Elisa

6 core thinking routines to use with art now

Looking to get started using thinking routines in guided art discussions? Having trouble narrowing it down? Understandably - there are 90+ thinking routines to choose from..(I've listed them in my Ultimate Thinking Routine list which you can get here). Help is at hand. Here are 6 core thinking routines you can use with art or artefacts right now to start engaging your audience. See Think Wonder See-Think-Wonder is one of the most popular and well-known thinking routines. It’s the thinking routine that most people know when they come to me for Visible Thinking in the Museum training and also the

4 Myths about Online Learning: Challenge your Thinking

Do you ‘distrust’ or ‘dislike’ online learning? Maybe you’ believe that ‘in-person’ is miles better? Then, it's definitely time to challenge your thinking on these 4 common myths about online learning. I've attended some fantastic online classes over the past few months and I've led plenty of my own.⁠ ⁠ I've gone from teaching partially to fully online and I really love it. ⁠ ⁠ It's just as (and in some cases MORE) rewarding and engaging online. We can be more creative with artworks, cover more content around teaching techniques and get more practice/coaching done online. ⁠ ⁠ My

11 Tips for Getting Started with Thinking Routines

Interested in getting started with using Visible Thinking with audiences, art and artefacts, but not sure of your first steps? One of the best ways to get started is by focusing on thinking routines. Here are my 11 top tips for getting started with thinking routines.   1. Follow the steps  Do the routines exactly as they are written initially without trying to change them. Wait to see what you learn from them before you make any changes or adaptations. Once you are happy and comfortable with how the routine works, you can try the routine in a variety

8 Reasons to Join my Visible Thinking Membership

Are you interested in learning how to use Visible Thinking in the Museum to create engaging discussions with art and ideas? Maybe you'd like to make your museum or gallery tours, art discussions and educational programmes more interactive but don't know where to start? Or perhaps you’d like to confidently transition to inquiry-led programmes in the museum or online?  My Visible Thinking Membership is a learning community designed to help you confidently design, lead & manage engaging discussions about art and artefacts. Here are 8 good reasons why you should join! [/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row]

Should you join my Visible Thinking Membership?

Are you thinking about joining my new Visible Thinking Membership but aren’t sure whether to join? If so, you probably have a few questions buzzing around in your head, such as: What will I learn and how long will it take? What exactly is included in the programme and how does it work? Is the programme suitable for me? Perhaps you’re wondering how much time-commitment you will need to give, or whether it’s suitable for your level or experience. So, should you join my Visible Thinking Membership? Let's dive in and answer your questions. What kind of results can

What is Visible Thinking in the Museum?

I found out 10 years ago that many museum educators and guides were struggling to meet the demands of leading inquiry-based programmes – sometimes the training was too brief, too confusing, or just too complicated. I wanted to simplify the process and increase the engagement factor for both facilitator and audience. In 2011, I discovered the magic of Visible Thinking and have since developed ‘Visible Thinking in the Museum‘ – a method that uses thinking routines to help question formulation and structure, along with facilitation techniques, collaborative learning and museum education practices. The result is ‘inquiry made simple’. A easy-to-follow process that allows

The Magic of Thinking Routines

I'm on holiday at the moment and completely out of my normal routine. This is not a bad thing - I love the freedom to change things up on holiday but there know there are plenty of everyday situations where having a routine is really beneficial. A routine is simply defined as a sequence of actions or pattern of behaviour that is regularly followed or rehearsed. Thinking routines are tools specifically designed to help, support and guide mental processes or thinking. They consist of short, easy to learn and teach steps that get used in a regular fashion. Having routines helps us

The Art of Virtual Art Facilitation (Part 2)

Once you’ve done you’ve got to know the tech, prepared yourself and practised with a test group as we talked about in The Art of Virtual Art Facilitation Part 1, the next step is to design and develop your session, so that it’s as interactive and engaging as an in-person art discussion would be. This is more than just presenting content or narrating a lecture. Remember that when using Visible Thinking in the Museum, the focus is on the participants rather than on the educator or teacher. The key to achieving engagement in a virtual art discussion is to design