Professional Learning Session Overview
Making Thinking Visible

Preparing facilitators to lead transformative science professional learning about making thinking visible

Session Overview

The facilitator learning materials are designed to accompany the teacher professional development materials.  Just as we value the importance of good teaching in supporting student learning, we value the importance of good facilitation for the effectiveness of teacher professional learning. These facilitator learning materials have been used with the OpenSciEd Field Test Facilitators throughout the project. 

A key aspect of the design is to engage facilitators in the teacher professional learning as participants and then provide opportunities for reflection and planning.  Included in these materials are the agendas, slides, and resources necessary to layer on top of the teacher professional learning materials. 


The Facilitator Professional Learning materials for Making Thinking Visible include the following opportunities:

  • Deepen our understanding of writing and drawing for sensemaking within the context of OpenSciEd. 
  • Reflecting on an interpretive vs. evaluative stance when looking at student work. 
  • Analyzing student artifacts used in the PD as a facilitator. 
  • Responding to facilitation vignettes to best support participants with examining student work.
  • Planning for future enactment of professional learning. 
Session Agenda
Facilitator Professional Learning Structure

The Facilitator materials include a session designed to be used after engaging in the teacher professional learning (See Day 0 Making Thinking Visible  Agenda and Slides).  We have found it to be most beneficial if the times for the teacher professional learning are kept intact (e.g.  do all of day 1 on day 1-don’t split it up on different days).  In order to do this, it is suggested that you end with a half day (Day 0) after the Teacher PD to reflect on and discuss facilitation and then add 1+ hours to each day for ongoing facilitation reflection.

Days 1-2:  Focused reflection time in “Facilitator Hat” interspersed during the Teacher PD.  Additionally, you may want to add additional time for planning and continued focus on facilitation.

Day 0:  Half-day facilitator professional learning designed to take place after experiencing the OpenSciEd Teacher PD.

Sample Daily Agenda

The facilitator learning aspects are colored in blue. To see the agenda and slides for the teacher professional learning in white rows, download the teacher professional learning materials.