A non-verbal routine that focuses on visual connections.
Description: The CSI thinking routine asks students to identify and distill the essence of ideas from their reading/viewing/listening to represent the big ideas they have identified in a way that doesn't rely so heavily on the use of written or oral language. CSI pushes students to make connections and think metaphorically. Metaphors allow learners to develop understanding by connecting to something they already know.
How to Use the Strategy:
Refer to pages 119-124 in the book Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners.
Access online instructions here at Harvard Project Zero.
Using CSI combined with two other routines in 6th grade math for a lesson on negative numbers
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