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Joseph and His Visible Thinking Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28

Joseph and His Visible Thinking

God can help us gain a fresh perspective.

At a Glance

"Visible Thinking" is a tool to help us understand how we arrive at conclusions. It's a tool to enhance reasoning and to understand information better. Literally, it means to think out loud, or in a way that we can "see" what we're thinking, in order to better understand it. This sort of "out loud" thinking is precisely what Joseph did as he slowly came to understand God's providence and his brothers' motivations.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "Blue Ocean Strategy," August 7, 2005, at

Visible Thinking.

It's an odd term, isn't it? Maybe even an oxymoron, since thinking happens in your head, where no one can see it happening, not even you.

"Visible Thinking" (VT) is the name for a collection of educational methods to help students learn to reason and thus understand information better. These methods, developed at Harvard and other schools, are used in elementary schools as well as university settings including the United...

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