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Visual Thinking Strategies: Using Art to Deepen Learning Across School Disciplines

Visual Thinking Strategies: Using Art to Deepen Learning Across School Disciplines

by Philip Yenawine
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"What’s going on in this picture?"

With this one question and a carefully chosen work of art, teachers can start their students down a path toward deeper learning and other skills now encouraged by the Common Core State Standards. The Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) teaching method has been successfully implemented in schools, districts, and cultural institutions nationwide, including bilingual schools in California, West Orange Public Schools in New Jersey, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

It provides for open-ended yet highly structured discussions of visual art, and significantly increases students’ critical thinking, language, and literacy skills along the way.

Philip Yenawine, former education director of New York’s Museum of Modern Art and cocreator of the VTS curriculum, writes engagingly about his years of experience with elementary school students in the classroom. He reveals how VTS was developed and demonstrates how teachers are using art—as well as poems, primary documents, and other visual artifacts—to increase a variety of skills, including writing, listening, and speaking, across a range of subjects.

The book shows how VTS can be easily and effectively integrated into elementary classroom lessons in just ten hours of a school year to create learner-centered environments where students at all levels are involved in rich, absorbing discussions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612506098
Publisher: Harvard Education Press
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 30,066
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Philip Yenawine is cofounder of Visual Understanding in Education, a nonprofit research organization that trains teachers to use VTS.

Table of Contents


Preface vii
  1. Permission to Wonder 1
  2. Visual Thinking Strategies: The Basics 15
  3. Applying VTS to Other Subjects 39
  4. Assessing Thinking Through Writing 75
  5. VTS, Language Development, and English Language Learners 105
  6. Learning How "to VTS" 131
  7. Effective Teaching 147
If You're Interested in Trying VTS 165

Suggested Reading 179
Notes 181
Acknowledgments 185
About the Author 187
Index 189

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