Earlier this year Ron Ritchhart presented 'Discourses in the Culture of Classroom Thinking'. What I like about Ron's work is how he identifies and makes explicit the cultural forces that come into play within the classroom. In this I begin to see that what creates 'our classrooms' are patterns. Patterns of discourse, patterns of interaction, patterns in how space and time are used. These patterns communicate what is valued in the classroom. Central to creating these cultures of thinking is the student. Such classrooms are student centred and focussed on learning. Within such classrooms teachers are highly responsive to what students are understanding and how students are understanding, and as Ron suggests it is all about 'Catching their Meaning'
I've captured some of the key ideas using webspiration