Making Student Thinking Visible

Do your students think critically, deeply, and collaboratively? Learning happens best when students are doing things together and talking with each other about their experiences - but it can be difficult to foster these kinds of classroom experiences without the right tools and strategies. Do you know how to build an effective "talk environment" that engages students and improves outcomes?
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Updated on: September 14, 2018

In this course from PCG Education, you will learn skills used to Make Students Thinking Visible (MSTV). You will hear from Jon Saphier, founder and president of Research for Better Teaching, Inc., and Lucy West, Founder of Metamorphosis TLC, on the concepts, embedded values, and operating principles of MSTV. You will explore these principles in depth and practice building a robust talk environment that builds student confidence and extends their capacity to manage discussions. Along the way you will learn about teaching habits that have to change and about the preparation and planning needed to fully integrate MSTV into your classroom.

  • Deep dive on the concepts of MSTV
  • Convenient, flexible online format
  • 45 PD hours or 3 graduate credits
Skills You'll Learn

In this course, you'll learn the concepts behind Making Student Thinking Visible, the developmental stages and operating principles that create a talk environment where students can speak safely and freely, and the type of lesson planning that is necessary to set up MSTV.

Course Overview

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About the Instructor

Jonathon Saphier is founder and president of Research for Better Teaching, Inc. (RBT), an educational consulting organization dedicated in 1979 to improving classroom teaching and school leadership throughout the United States and internationally. The Ministry of Education of Singapore uses Dr. Saphier’s induction program for all newly hired teachers.

PCG Education

PCG’s Education practice offers consulting services and technology solutions that help teachers, schools, school districts, and state education agencies/ministries of education to promote student success, improve programs and processes, and optimize resources. PCG offers more than 50 online professional development courses to help teachers improve their skills, grow their careers and more effectively help and support their students.


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