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Making thinking visible in the mathematics classroom is a Course

Making thinking visible in the mathematics classroom

Starts Aug 25, 2020

$670 Enroll

Full course description

Date and time

Wednesday 26 August 2020, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm


Independent Schools Victoria, 40 Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne


This learning event is right for you if you want to learn a new pedagogy to engage students in a mathematics classroom and empower them to think about their own thinking and not only about the grade!


What does good thinking have to do with good learning? Good thinkers not only know how to think creatively, critically and deeply, they actually do it!

This one-day program will introduce participants to a range of thinking routines used in Years 7 to 12 mathematics classes to engage and empower students. Thinking routines are naturally differentiated activities, they promote critical and creative thinking and self-questioning skills and can be easily adapted to a mathemtics classroom. If you are looking for new strategies to use at the beginning, during or at the end of your class as formative assessment, you will hear about a range of thinking routines that can fit in with your existing curriculum.

“What kinds of thinking do you value and want to promote in your classroom?” – Making Thinking Visible (Ritchhart, Church and Morrison).

Key takeaways               

  • understanding of the research, purpose and benefits of thinking routines
  • a toolkit of thinking routines to use in a mathematics classroom
  • ideas on how to use an action research approach
  • understanding of how to measure the impact of thinking routines in your mathematics classroom
  • a routine designed to use in your classroom tomorrow.

Presenter information

Debra Coyne                  

Debra is currently a secondary mathematics teacher, with over 20 years teaching experience in both the Catholic and Independent sector . She first heard about the Harvard Project Zero ‘Making Visible Thinking’ resources several years ago and has been regularly using a variety of thinking routines in her Year 7 to 12 mathematics classrooms. These routines can provide students with the tools to reflect about their thinking, to extend their curiosity beyond the knowledge they already have and to think more deeply about mathematics. Debra is currently working with a team of teachers at Methodist Ladies' College in order to develop a culture of thinking for mathematics students using thinking routines.

Jackie Macreadie                         

Jackie Macreadie is a Principal Advisor for Independent Schools Victoria with over 25 years’ experience in education in schools and universities. She has held diverse portfolios, ranging from development of International Student Programs, Registered Training Organisations, to leading change in schools as a school leader. Jackie supports schools in a variety of contexts, ranging from compliance, policy development, curriculum and student well being initiatives as well as school performance, strategic planning and governance. Jackie holds a Masters of Educational Leadership and is studying a PhD at Monash University in Science Learning Spaces.