Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a teaching method that can help students develop critical thinking and effective communication skills through facilitated discussions of visual images. Originally designed to help young people learn to approach works of art, VTS can be used with all ages and adapted for all disciplines.
In a typical VTS session, participants spend a few moments looking silently at a carefully selected image. A trained facilitator then uses the following three questions to encourage participants to infer meaning, share ideas, and provide visual evidence to support observations.
The facilitator paraphrases the responses in a non-judgmental way, creating a safe environment conducive to free expression and collaborative problem solving.
For more information about Visual Thinking Strategies, including examples of how it is being implemented in a variety of educational settings, visit vtshome.org
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