VTS & the Common Core Standards

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS)

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VTS Facilitation Method 101

In VTS discussions, teachers support student growth by facilitating discussions of carefully selected visual texts.

Teachers are asked to use three open-ended questions:

  • What’s going on in this picture?
  • What do you see that makes you say that?
  • What more can we find?

Three Facilitation Techniques:

  • Paraphrase comments neutrally
  • Point at the area being discussed
  • Linking and framing student comments

Students are asked to:

  • Look carefully at carefully selected visual texts
  • Talk about what they observe
  • Back up their ideas with evidence
  • Listen to and consider the views of others
  • Discuss many possible interpretations

VTS and the Common Core Standards from Visual Thinking Strategies on Vimeo.

VTS with 12th Graders, California from Visual Thinking StrategiesPLUS 


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