I then introduced my students to a "thinking toolbox," which is a simplified version of Project Zero's understanding map which identifies the basic thinking moves integral to understanding. For the rest of the day, we talked about what types of thinking we were doing and when. At the end of the day, one of students said to me.... "Mrs Weakland, we did a lot of thinking today!" :)
For the rest of the week, we talked and reflected on our thinking. I couldn't believe how richer our discussions were and how deeper their reflections were. They were also excited about all the "thinking" they were doing! Learning is a consequence of thinking! I am excited about continuing to incorporate the language of thinking in my classroom and to deepening the learning that is happening in my classroom!