Zoom In Thinking Routine

Zoom In Thinking Routine (Ritchhart, Church, Morrison 2011 pg 64) 

1. Looking Closely at the Small Bit of Image That IS Revealed
  • What do you see or notice?
  • What is your hypothesis or interpretation of what this might be based on what you are seeing?
2. Reveal More of the Image
  • What new things do you see? 
  • How does this change your hypothesis or interpretation? 
  • Has the new information answered any of your wonders or changed your previous ideas?
3. What new things are you wondering about?

Repeat the Reveal and Questioning Until the Whole Image Has Been Revealed

4. What Lingering questions remain for you about this image? 

Using this image http://g.co/artproject/3wku (Maple Viewers Muromachi - Azuchi- Momoyama period 16th Century- Kano Hideyori 1515-1561) and projecting on a large screen I have the students discuss the what they see using the thinking routine prompts mentioned above. Firstly they will see just three non descriptive bowls. But as I use the “Explore Tool” located in the lower right hand corner to ‘Zoom Out’ more of the picture is revealed. The purpose of this routine is for the learners to view part of the image closely and develop wonderings or hypothesis about what the image/painting might be. I am also wanting the students to tune into their self talk through metacognitive thinking. As new visual information is revealed the learner is asked to again look closely at them and reassess his or her initial interpretation in light of the new information. By getting the students to make tentative hypotheses, we are emphasising the importance of being able to change your mind when confronted with new information. Being open minded and flexible in one's thinking is important for stimulating creative thought because it helps to develop the disposition for suspending judgement and accepting ambiguity. These are important inclinations to value and possess if we want our learners to make the most of their divergent thinking. However the main idea behind using this routine is to begin to link the idea of metacognition and visualisation, that is, as the students are making their predictions of what will be revealed next in the image, what images, words or symbols are coming to mind during this process. 

The Google Art Project is the perfect tool for this routine. It is a collaboration between 151 major galleries around the globe. Using a combination of Google technologies such as high resolution imaging and street view, Google has enabled walkthroughs for people to visit art that they would never otherwise have seen. The high resolution images allow the viewer to zoom in to see every minute detail of the art work. A great feature of the Google art project is that you can create your own collections/galleries and share them. Here is the one that I have created: Gallery For Zoom In Routine.

Google art project and the Zooming In Thinking Routine Demo from North Fitzroy Primary School on Vimeo.