Thinking Routine of the Week: Headlines

⭐️THINKING ROUTINE OF THE WEEK ⭐️ HEADLINES This weeks thinking routine of the week is HEADLINES. This routine helps capture the essence or heart of an idea being discussed. It is also used for summarising and synthesising ideas. Composed of just ONE question that asks: 'If you were to write a headline for this topic or issue right now that captured the most important aspect that should be remembered, what would that headline be?' This routine works well at the end of a discussion and in combination with other routines (such as 10x2+Step Inside + Headlines). It's a good way of

A Quick Guide to Facilitation Skills

On my Visible Thinking in the Museum trainings we teach participants facilitation skills for use on guided tours or educational programmes with art and museum objects. I use this image (above) of an angry teacher (!) to get the discussion started with the question 'What is facilitation?' What is facilitation? What is a facilitator?  The word facilitate actually comes from the Latin which means to ‘make easy’. A facilitator is basically a person whose role is to guide people through a process to an effective result. On a guided tour or educational programme, facilitation is centred around guiding processes and creating participation. How

How to Use Visible Thinking Routines on Guided Tours

As routines are part of the classroom, so they are also an important part of the guided tour experience. As you welcome guests or visitors at the start of a tour, you will take a few minutes to remind visitors of any guidelines to keep visitors and any historic sites or collections safe. You will also introduce them to the theme and structure of the tour. If done well, these guidelines help participants to understand what to expect and what to do. Imagine the benefits then of a routine that would help visitors to make sense of objects/artworks/buildings in a