I found the videos and articles about Visual Thinking Strategies very interesting. I was so amazing at the conversations the students were having with one another. I was also amazed by the critical thinking skills the students were using. One that stood out to me was the student saying "I think they are in a cemetery." It was so clear that this student had some background information and could connect to an experience he had in a cemetery. He was able to make his claim and back it up with the evidence that he thought their faces looked sad and their eyes looked like they had been crying. What amazing evidence coming from a young student.
http://teachers.mam.org/collection/teaching-with-art/visual-thinking-strategies-vts/ I found this website interesting and a good overview of how to use visual thinking strategies in the classroom. It gave a nice clear definition of VTS and then an idea of how to use it and run a lesson in the classroom. It is very helpful for a teacher just starting to use VTS as it gives the words and the conversations the teacher should have with the students. It gave a great reminder of linking together what the students are saying. Help them to develop those skills of comparing and contrasting their ideas with one another. A teacher could easily expand this and have students to a writing based on their own thinking and compare it to the thinking of another student in the class.
I agree, this article is a great resource for those being to implement VTS in their classroom. It explains the language to use and how to run a lessons. It a good guide of how this strategy is a benefit to the learning of students.