Using Visual Thinking Strategies in the Classroom

By Erin Chaparro 
edutopia.org
4 min



An instructional technique developed in a museum can boost students’ critical thinking and evidence-based argumentation.


You likely know the familiar challenge of keeping your students engaged during writing activities. My colleague Peggy Marconi, an elementary school teacher for 30+ years in rural communities in Oregon, has a love and passion for writing. Peggy especially loves argument writing because it teaches students evidence-based thinking: Students state their claim, provide evidence for that claim, and then summarize. In other words, argument writing asks students to think critically, using evidence. However, her students continued to struggle developing these writing skills, and she was seeking an effective strategy to guide them.

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