Teachers are asked to use three open-ended questions:
1. What's going on in this picture?
2. What do you see that makes you say that?
3. What more can we find?
3 Facilitation Techniques:
- Paraphrase comments neutrally
- Point at the area being discussed
- Linking and framing student comments
Students are asked to:
- Look carefully at works of art
- Talk about what they observe
- Back up their ideas with evidence
- Listen to and consider the views of others
- Discuss many possible interpretations
The second question (What do you see that makes you say that?) is the key to a really solid VTS discussion. Many high schoolers will find it difficult to open up and give ideas because they expect that you are looking for a "right" answer. While getting these students to open up will be difficult, they are much better at building off each other's ideas to deepen the conversation.