Thinking Routine: Compass Point



A thinking routine for planning and preparing for an inquiry. It is a great routine for bringing forward ideas, prior knowledge and a learner’s personal ideas and engagement possibilities with an inquiry topic.

  • Pictorial prompts to support students accessing and beginning to use and understand visible thinking routines.
  • The picture prompts are reused in other resources to provide clues to learners who are new to reading or the English language.
  • This is a core resource for learners beginning to develop a common language of learning in the class community.
  • This is a step-by-step routine that can be printed on an individual card. This allows and encourages learners to become aware of the order and process they are taking when exploring a topic.
  • It can be used with very young learners right through to senior staffroom personnel.


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