For a first shot, I was pleased with the results. I learned a lot from doing this thinking routine with the students. First of all, I need to break the process down, especially for the younger students. The routine may be something that is done over days, rather than in one shot. I also believe this routine is one that needs to be started early, so that the students become more accustomed with process of turning their understandings into a visual. Finally, along the lines of slowing down, and giving more time, I believe the image portion of the routine needs to be a separate exercise for the young students. I think if the image aspect of the routine had been done on a different day, I could have gotten the students to add more details and make the image more encompassing of an aspect of the story. In other words, I think that the students' images could have represented deeper thinking if they had not already been sitting and drawing for an extended time. So, my biggest take away is that while this is a great routine for young students who can't write, I need to adjust it with my students' stamina in mind.
I am very excited to start the year with this experience of using thinking routines that can be woven into my plans throughout the year.