Me You Space Time: The MYST
Routine A routine to help teachers prepare and reflect
on making thinking visible.
Me: How do I make my own thinking visible?
You: How do I make my students’ thinking
Space: How is space in the classroom organized
Time: How do I give thinking time? How does
thinking develop over time?
One way to structure reflection on your efforts to make
thinking visible in your classroom is to step into the MYST: Me, You,
Space, Time. Ask yourself the following questions:
How am I (Me) making my own thinking visible for
students? How and when do I display the habits of mind and thinking
dispositions I want students to develop?
How is the thinking of students (You) made visible
to me and the rest of the class? When and where do students share their
thinking? Do I have a sense that I know what students' thinking is on
our current topic of study? Am I able to see their thinking develop?
How can I get more access to this thinking? As a class, do we examine
and discuss the thinking of others?
How is thinking displayed in the physical setting
of my classroom (Space)? Could a visitor to my classroom see students'
thinking? What artifacts of thinking do I put up on the wall? What records
of thinking to I keep? Who has access to these records? Are the ideas
and issues we are exploring and our efforts at developing understanding
on display in the classroom? How can I use the space to make my thinking
and that of students visible for examination, discussion, and reflection?
What are the opportunities for thinking in my classroom
(Time)? How much time do students really spend in meaningful thought
around the issues and topics we are exploring? Are homework assignments
and classwork infused with opportunities for thinking? How can I increase