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Teaching Critical Thinking through Art, 1.4: See/Think/Wonder in the Museum

Lead course instructor Julie Carmean engages fifth grade students from Savoy Elementary, Washington DC, in a conversation using the See/Think/Wonder routine with the Shaw Memorial at the National Gallery of Art. During this lesson Julie guides students’ looking and paraphrases students’ interpretations, reiterating and building on their reasoning as she points to specific evidence in the sculpture.  In the Wonder section, she challenges students to continue the discussion by asking, “What will you remember? What will you share with your families about this experience?” Students drive the conversation by voicing their observations, thoughts, and questions.