Some examples of Thinking Routines used in our Montessori learning spaces include:
Visual Organizers: Allow learners to order in physical space the information, ideas, knowledge or thoughts that we are working on or that are the object of our learning process. They are especially efficient for those students who are visual learners.
Thinking Lighthouse: A combination of strategies aimed at illuminating and guiding thought toward deeper learning and understanding. Its efficiency comes from the direct involvement of the student in the learning process, as these strategies encourage motivation, hands-on activities and the acquisition of meaningful contents and abilities.
Metacognition: Its objective, in-depth knowledge of what we know and how we learned it, helps maintain the learning strategies that work for us and identify what needs to be modified. It involves the ability to self-regulate in our ability to learn how to learn in order to gain more autonomy in the learning process.
Thinking Techniques: Encourages flexible thinking and transference. It involves inquiry and asking meaningful questions to students that allow them to think, look for and discover the answers, communicate them and exchange them. It should be systematic and continuous in order to develop in depth-learning and efficient thinking.