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Rapport 2014 historical thinking. Some of the activities in Making Thinking Visible may trigger similar interest and engagement than activities from The Big Six. Those familiar with historical thinking may notice an interesting dialogue regarding deep thinking that emerges between both titles. To summarize this book and its potential impact on your classroom is no easy task. It encompasses a DVD, a rich website, multiple classroom examples and teacher commentary. The Internet is host to literally dozens of blogs, presentations, unofficial websites, research papers, reviews, a dedicated Facebook page, twitter activity and videos of the thinking routines in action. After having read the book and explored the vast resources it has spawned online, there are some things to consider if you are planning to delve into the world of thinking routines. Firstly, an online search for thinking routines produces some clear, detailed summaries by the authors in the form of power points and academic presentations. These may serve as a rapid introduction if you plan to read the book later. Secondly, exemplary work in elementary and secondary panels can be seen in written and audio-visual formats online by simply conducting a search for thinking routines in the classroom. The DVD provides suitable classroom examples of thinking routines in action; however, I recommend searching on YouTube as there have been more examples posted recently as a result of the growing enthusiasm for the book. In addition, Making Thinking Visible, guides student thinking with an emphasis on discussion and reflection. Teachers will particularly appreciate the focus on student ability to engage with course material independently. It is easy to get excited and visualize implementing the activities with your own students, and your copy will surely end up with post-it notes throughout. This book is a veritable treasure chest of differentiated classroom strategies that can deepen student learning in a manner that is practical, engaging, and purposeful. Moreover, the book presents possibilities for history and social science teachers to enrich their programs with new tasks that serve as a point of departure for meaningful historical thinking. Connecting the dots between the thinking routines and historical thinking is positively exciting. Since critical thinking is an integral part of twenty-first century educational priorities, Making Thinking Visible merits a place in your professional library. Stefano Fornazzari San Martín is the Head of History at Bill Crothers Secondary School in Unionville, Ontario. Reference Ritchhart, Ron, Mark Church, and Karin Morrison. Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2011. Print. Submissions to Rapport Do you have opinions and thoughts about teaching History and Social Science? Read a good book? Found a really great resource? Do you have teaching practices to share? Thoughts on your own learning journey? Submit an article or a resource to the next issue of Rapport. Email our editor The next issue is an email digest and PDF distributed in February 2015. Articles must be submitted by January 31st. Skeoch's Ramblings Alan Skeoch, retired The fascinating story of Ned Myers and wreck of the Scourge This story is now a movie titled Shipwrecked on a Great Lake by Peter Rowe, screened at our conference 2014 This may seem sacrilegious to some of you, my fellow history teachers, but I have never believed that we all need to be the same. Diversity in teachers is as important as diversity in life experiences. The Scourge is lying in a dark watery grave not far from Toronto, along with 42 of her crew. But Ned Myers survived and wrote about the tragedy... 16 RAPPORT FALL 2014