Presenter: Maggie Lee McHugh, Ph.D.
Core Area: Instructional Planning and Delivery 1C, 1D, 1E; Content Knowledge and Expertise 3C;Learning Environment 4C
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

How can you make student thinking more visible in your educational practice? In this one-hour course by Maggie McHugh LLC, Dr. Maggie McHugh explains the benefits of encouraging visible thinking in your classroom. Once you have completed this course, you’ll understand how to keep students engaged in creative brainstorming rather than close-ended problem-solving.


Visible thinking is a concept that may not be used in mathematics regularly. However, the benefits of incorporating this idea into your classroom instruction can have astounding effects on students’ learning.
In this course, participants will explore ways to make student thinking visible in the math classroom. Several examples of visible thinking routines and practical application tips are shared. At the end of the session, participants will be prompted to design an activity with a visible thinking routine intentionally.

In this 1-hour course, you will learn:

  • How to define visible thinking
  • How to align visible thinking with your instruction
  • How to design visible thinking routines in your classroom
  • How to make student thinking visible in mathematics

Maggie McHugh believes that all students are creative, compassionate, intellectual learners who, when given the right educational conditions, grow to be insightful, engaged citizens in our society. For Maggie, project-based learning lays the foundation for every learner to find success. As the Innovation Specialist at La Crosse Polytechnic, a project-based secondary school in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Maggie has the honor of exploring the world alongside her students, guiding classes such as STEM, Humanities, Makerspace, and Mathematics.

Maggie also serves as a National Faculty member for PBLWorks, the leading organization that builds the capacity of teachers to design and facilitate quality Project-Based Learning. In that role, Maggie travels throughout the United States leading professional development for educators.

In the classroom, Maggie specifically leads her students to become change agents in the community, guiding their exploration of societal inequities. Maggie utilizes a mathematical lens to analyze and enhance these social justice projects. Completing her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction at New Mexico State University, Maggie published her dissertation “Project-Based Social Justice Mathematics: A Case Study of Five 6th Grade Students” sharing the journey and transformation of her students.

Maggie is the 2021 Midwest Regional winner of the National University Teacher Award and the Wisconsin Middle School Teacher of the Year for 2019. She received the state honors for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). She has also been awarded the Herb Kohl Teacher Fellowship and Jacobs Educator Award for technology innovation. Maggie has her National Board Certification in early adolescence mathematics.

Maggie’s dedication to empowering all learners is fueled by her “kiddos” who daily remind her of the courage, compassion, and perseverance needed to continuously become a better “you”.

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