What began in 2012 as a collaborative experiment in live, online image discussion has since become the most popular feature on the New York Times Learning Network blog.
The weekly feature, named for the second of three questions in the Visual Thinking Strategies method, "What's Going On In This Picture?”, or "WGOITP?” for short, asks students (aged 13+) to look closely at a carefully selected image from the New York Times photo archive. Students then join the conversation by responding, in a written blog post, with the three VTS questions in mind:
- What is going on in this picture?
- What do you see that makes you say that?
- What more can you find?
VTS Moderators respond to student comments with paraphrasing unique to the blog format. Hundreds of comments stream in throughout the 9:00am - 2:00pm (EST) window of live discussion on Mondays, enabling VTS Moderators to focus on framing thinking and common themes between students. Students also respond to one another, making for interesting linkages between ideas from all over the country and world.
Following the live discussion, students continue to post comments throughout the week. On Friday mornings, information about the photo is revealed at the bottom of the WGOITP blog. Students are encouraged to consider how reading the caption and learning the backstory might influence the ways in which we see the image.
Our team is made up of highly experienced VTS trainers and practitioners working in schools, art museums and cultural institutions.
- Philip Yenawine, Wellfleet, Massachusetts
- Amy Chase Gulden, New York, New York
- Yoon Kang-O'Higgins, Seattle, Washington
- Kim Aziz, Portland, Oregon
- Mirka Jablonski, Portland, Oregon
- Gretchen Baudenbacher, New York, New York
- Liz Harvey, San Francisco, California
- Robyn Muscardini, Sonoma, California
- Em Miller, New York, New York
- Sarah Lenoue, Seattle, Washington
- Marlene Roeder, Constantia, New York
- Ashley Mask, New York, New York
- Erica Sera, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
- Kabir Singh, Los Angeles, California
Heidi Arbogast, Tacoma, Washington
Addie Gayoso, Washington, D.C.
Mary Franco, Columbia, Missouri
New York Times Learning Network Team
- Michael Gonchar
- Katherine Schulten