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Used to Think, Now I Think

Puzzle of a human head with a light bulb coming out of the top

Head with light bulb (alexsl, iStockphoto)

Puzzle of a human head with a light bulb coming out of the top

Head with light bulb (alexsl, iStockphoto)

Format

This strategy helps students reflect on how their understanding or thinking may have shifted after exploring or learning about a concept, idea, or perspective.

Why use it?

  • To enhance critical thinking and reflection skills
  • To identify and consider different perspectives on a topic
  • To consolidate new learning as students identify their new opinions or beliefs

How do I use it?

  • Using index cards or a graphic organizer invite learners to reflect on:
    • something they thought prior to learning (I used to think…)
  • Have students engage in some element of learning and then invite students to reflect on:
    • something they now know or understand after learning (Now I think…)

Variations

  • This can also be done orally as a group discussion with a teacher or group leader recording ideas from students.
  • This can also be used with a Think-Pair-Share.

References