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Tatum Moser

Tatum started her career as a kindergarten teacher in Berkeley and Oakland, California. During her time in the classroom, she participated as a learning experience designer for Harvard’s Agency by Design Research Initiative and a district technology teacher leader to assist her peers in the implementation of new curricula and technology. She also presented and lead school-wide professional development sessions to help teachers create arts and technology-integrated, interdisciplinary curricula that empowered students to think deeply about their world and the purpose learning and education played in their lives.

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Claim, Support, Question Thinking Routine and Reasoning With Evidence

Oct 16, 2022 by Tatum Moser

Updated on April 24th, 2024. 

"The more you know, the more you realize you don't know." Aristotle

What is the Claim, Support, Question Thinking Routine?

Created by Ron Ritchhart and researchers at Project Zero, the Claim, Support, Question thinking routine shows students the importance of identifying, understanding, and making claims based on reasoning and evidence. 

The Claim, Support, Question thinking routine helps students develop key thinking moves like:

  • Identifying generalizations
  • Offering counterarguments
  • Reasoning with evidence
  • Asking questions. 

How Does the Claim, Support, Question Thinking Routine Work?

  • Make a Claim - This claim can be about a specific issue or idea related to the topic being examined.

  • Support Your Claim - Identify and document the evidence that supports your claim.

  • Ask Questions Related to Your Claim - Identify and address unexplained questions or informational gaps related to your claim. 

Strong claims, sound reasoning, and thoughtful follow-up questions ultimately lead to a deeper understanding of topics and concepts. The more we know, the more we realize we don’t know. This helps us to understand that we always need to ask new questions as our understanding evolves.

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Inspire Skillful Listening with The Explanation Game Thinking Routine

Oct 9, 2022 by Tatum Moser

“The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled.” - John Berger

What is the Explanation Game?

The Explanation Game thinking routine, developed by Ron Richtart and researchers at Project Zero, supports students in increasing their understanding of a concept by crafting multiple explanations based on evidence. The routine is designed to push students’ thinking as they explore complex topics and attempt to understand the whole by examining various parts and features.

Flexible in its application across subjects, you can use The Explanation Game to deconstruct almost anything, including objects, complex processes, systems, or documents. Engaging in this thinking routine will help students learn to work together toward understanding why something is the way it is. In addition to observing, crafting explanations based on evidence, and asking questions, students will also pay close attention to effective listening and how it can provide a path to deeper learning.

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See, Think, Wonder Thinking Routine for Creative Classroom Learning

Oct 2, 2022 by Tatum Moser

"To acquire knowledge, one must study. But to acquire wisdom, one must observe.” Marilyn vos Savant

Updated on April 5th, 2024.

What is the See, Think, Wonder Thinking Routine?

Ron Ritchhart and the researchers at Project Zero developed the See, Think, Wonder thinking routine to support students to zoom in and experience the purpose and benefits of careful observation in the learning process.

This thinking routine uses visual imagery, artifacts, and media to engage students to carefully notice the different parts and features of objects, ideas, phenomena, etc. See, Think, Wonder engages students by allowing for open exploration of a concept rather than the more common teacher-directed delivery of information and knowledge transfer. Creating a meaningful purpose for close observation and description of a new idea or concept is also the first step toward developing thoughtful explanations and interpretations and identifying areas of further inquiry.

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What Thinking Moves and Routines Can Help Students to be Successful Learners?

Sep 25, 2022 by Tatum Moser

 “The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without a teacher.”        -Elbert Hubbard

Why do students need to develop thinking moves?

Enabling a child to become an independent and motivated learner is one of our most important responsibilities. 

While it won’t happen overnight, incorporating experiences where students explore different thinking moves to increase their understanding of a concept, claim, or situation, can pave the way to deeper learning and transform your science classroom. Skillful thinking increases student competency to perform deeper cognitive work, raising their level of engagement and making your teaching more joyful and effective.

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