Visual Thinking Strategies
This framework is a relatively new push to improve critical thinking and language skills. It's not designed just for art teachers to use with their art students, but for all teachers and adults to utilize with kids. It's simple, direct, revealing, and effective. Read all about it here: http://www.vtshome.org/
I designed VTS into the Spiva Third Grade Visit this year, where 1200 kids participated in the gallery, responding to one particular piece of art. It was fantastic.
I recently put up this display in my department, for the art and art education majors to see: