MARK CHURCH works with educators throughout the world interested in cultivating the development of students' thinking dispositions.
He is currently a consultant with Harvard Project Zero’s Making Thinking Visible and Cultures of Thinking initiatives worldwide, drawing upon his own classroom teaching experience and from the perspectives he has gained over a number of years working with educators in a wide variety of contexts.
Mr Church enjoys thinking side-by-side with teachers and school leaders, especially as they examine their role in shaping classroom and school culture that sends messages to students as to the kinds of thinkers and learners we dream of them becoming while in our care.
Working closely with Ron Ritchhart, Senior Researcher at Harvard University's Project Zero, Mr Church is co-author of Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners (Jossey-Bass, 2011).
When Thinking Becomes Routine: A Cultures of Thinking Workshop
In recent years, the Project Zero Cultures of Thinking team has noticed a number of promising developments as teachers have brought intentionality to creating learning experiences where student thinking is at the center of the educational enterprise.
One such development is especially pleasing: Teachers moving from questions of “What thinking routine shall I use with my students?” toward pondering “What thinking do I wish to make routine within my students?” This strikes us as a rather powerful moment on this culture of thinking journey: moving from a sole focus on practices and techniques toward a broader view of placement, and in fact, purpose. Just what results – in the near term and in the far reach – could students achieve when thinking becomes routine?
In this two-day workshop, Mark Church will invite participants to join him looking back and looking ahead at the role thinking routines play in making thinking routine. While striving to make this workshop accessible for all participants, it is especially designed for those with at least some familiarity with the ideas of Making Thinking Visible and Creating a Culture of Thinking.
Mr Church will also introduce participants to a few new routines under development that have great potential to build on the kinds of learning habits many teachers wish to cultivate in their students.
Target Audience: K-12 teachers; teaching and learning coaches; school leaders.