One of the Visible Thinking Routines I have read about, but never used. Returning from Winter break, I used Colour Symbol Image (CSI) as a platform for my Grade 8s and their buddies to share out their break.
I did my best to model a CSI using my break. The example is below:
It worked well, and needed to plan two sessions to get them done. I found it sucessful as it was a different type if activity and allowed the creative types to shine. It also meant the pressure wasn't on the conversation, but by doing something it relaxed the atmosphere a little.
Resource Pictured: http://www.rcsthinkfromthemiddle.com/uploads/2/3/4/1/23418034/csi.pdf