I got the idea for the Thinking Matrix from Heidi Siwak, an inspiring teacher in Dundas, Ontario.
The Thinking Matrix is (modified from Heidi Siwak):
- A way to move student’s thinking from lower level to high level.
- Help students to analyze the types of questions they are asking and to move their questions to higher level thinking.
- A way to help student’s understand what is being asked and how to craft a thoughtful response.
Here is what the Thinking Matrix bulletin board looks like in our class (we’ve just begun):
Today we were talking about summarizing. After a few practice sessions in a whole class lesson the students worked in pairs or indepndently to write a summary of a short article on Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike. Here is a work sample:
Finally, we created success criteria for a good summary. Tomorrow we will add success criteria for good writing and will type it up. We will be using is along with descriptors to mark our own and each others summaries. Our goal is to learn how to improve our own work through analyzing the work of others. These marks will be for practice only, not for any reporting purposes.
We are continuing with our Data Management Unit begun before the holidays. Today we looked at line graphs. We went over the importance of labeling graphs. We talked about selecting a scale for a graph. Here is an image from our SMART board lesson:
Here are some photos of students working and a photo of Jenna’s work: