Overview of Module 4 (June 29-July 5)

Key Ideas of Mod 4

  1. Recap Module 3 learning
  2. Final Project progress
  3. Build understanding about learning to question for clarity
  4. Tap into thinking routines for scaffolding
  5. Apply and practice
  6. Work as a learning community within and outside with others in the open web


Mod 4 Resources

e e cummings quote

Always the beautiful answer, who asks a more beautiful question. – e.e. cummings

Hooray! You made it to Module 4! You are now midway through this online course. So far, you learned about clarity as a gateway intellectual standard, the 6 facets of understanding, thinking dispositions and the 100 100 100 “languages” you have to articulate your thoughts. In your Module 3 Makes, you had the opportunity to use images and sound to express your thoughts. How does this feel — this departure from your dominant use of text? Ready for more adventure?

In this Module, we’ll tackle the topic of scaffolding to facilitate visible thinking. Scaffolding refers to frameworks and predictable routines that learners can use across educational levels and subjects to promote thinking. They can be “a set of questions or a short sequence of steps“; simple structures that support thinking. Visit the Thinking Routines database set up by the Project Zero group from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Review the range of available routines. Repeated use of these routines will help you to engage in productive thinking across other subjects; and be sensitive to opportunities to apply your thinking abilities.

[There will be an activity based on the use of these routines.]

Please watch this great introduction to Thinking Routines (4:36) video created by Sue Borchardt.

PZ Thinking Routines from Sue Borchardt on Vimeo.

Once you’ve had a chance to review some thinking routines, I hope you realize how important questioning is in the  development of clear and visible thinking. Warren Berger’s website on A More Beautiful Question is a treasure trove of resources. Make sure to check him out.




Module 4 Activities

  • Course engagement is an ongoing activity.
  • In particular, check out other learners’ Module 3 reflection posts and makes aggregated on the Blog Hub.
  • Add comments to at least 3 different participants’ posts. Please provide feedback to your peers, they need your comments to improve on their work. Refer to How to Write Blog Comments as a guide.
  • You have ONE Make to create for this Module.
  • I got this idea about #F5F (Find 5 Friday) from Dr. Anna Smith (Huge shout-out to her! Merci!).
  • What is a #F5F make?
    • It is a make documenting a series of five interactions that further your connection with others in your current learning experience.  These “interactions” refer to people whose ideas are inspiring your makes, blog posts, blog commenting conversations or who are helpful in providing resources, or otherwise to push your thinking.
    • Your make can be visual (a collage of images), audio, written or involves the use of a combination of media. Mention their names (and Twitter handles) as you refer to them for inspiring you to write, learn, make etc. (Yes, refer creatively to the ideas you learned from them). Again, you may use any new technology you have learned or want to learn — Notegraphy, sound recording (Vocaroo), PicMonkey, apps on your phone, etc. Or you may draw it out and snap a picture for sharing.
    • Post it on your blog. Label it with the category VCUTHINK and tag it with the F5F label.
    • Tweet your new Make using 3 hashtags:#VCUTHINK, #F5F, #CLMOOC.
    • Check out examples on Twitter: #F5F
    • Expand your field of vision. Look beyond this course for ideas.
      • E.g. You can search on Twitter for new people to follow and connect with based on your readings, Diigo resources links, Final Inquiry project ideas, etc.
    • This make is based on the Visible Thinking principle that learning is social and collaborative!
  • Continue to build on your topic for your Final Inquiry Project based on my comments and questions on the Google document.
  • Schedule an appointment with me to talk about your Project if you need assistance to figure it out.
  • Write a blog post to report briefly about your progress, gains and/or struggles.
  • Add VCUTHINK as a category and tag it InquiryRpt2.

Use the following questions as prompts:

  • Reflect on your own questioning behavior. Has your questioning “fallen off the cliff”? How is that so? How might you seek to improve? For inspiration, skim through Warren Berger’s article on Why We Stop Questioning.
  • Keep asking, “What connections do you see between your work and other participants? What connections do you see between what you are learning now and your different courses and subjects?”
  • You may include a quote from their blog posts and makes in your reflection post. Briefly explain why you decided on these quotes.


Presentation Format:

  • Reflect and write your reflection blog post incorporating 2 types of media.
  • Assign the category VCUTHINK to this reflection. Assign the tag REFLECT4 to this post. Publish the post.

I have been checking out the resources you have been bookmarking. Here’s what it is looking like:

social bookmarking

Please continue to search for content on the web using keywords related to Module 4. Add at least 2 bookmarks to our Diigo group BY Sunday Jun 21. These resources are available to help you think through and learn more about the topics you are studying. You can refer to and read these resources at your own pace.

Updated: June 30, 2015, 11:58 AM

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