Clarity: Making Student Thinking Visible in Small Groups

Making Thinking Visible is achieved by a constellation of teacher behaviors that lead to better student understanding and simultaneously build strong class climate and student risk-taking. This video shows what these behaviors look and sound like when a teacher interacts with a small group.

Consider the following activities for application of this video's content:

Print out the 22 Verbal Behaviors document and distribute to teachers. Have teachers observe each other and give feedback on the use of 22 Verbal Behaviors.

Find a teacher in your school who is practicing this strategy. Videotape that teacher and have colleagues watch and discuss the lesson using 22 Verbal Behaviors.

For more information refer to pp. 194 -202 of the Clarity chapter in The Skillful Teacher.