What are Higher Order Thinking Skills?
No, higher order thinking does not mean you have to get high. (Although some may argue that). Higher Order Thinking refers to Bloom's Taxonomy theory about learning. Higher Level Thinking requires deeper knowledge and deeper application of knowledge, it includes activities like creating, evaluating, assessing, analyzing, etc. For more details about Bloom's Taxonomy click here. Lower level thinking skills like remembering and recall of information are easier to do and don't require "higher order."
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Why is it important to incorporate Higher Order Thinking skills in our classrooms?
Students need to be practicing creating and designing at a young age. When they are older and in their jobs, being able to be flexible and creative in solving problems will help them to be a more innovative worker. The next generation is going to have to understand, learn and problem solve in ways that are all very new. If we only teach our children the "old" way (teach, memorize, spit back out, forget) they will not be equipped for the future occupations. Modelling and encouraging your young learners to be resilient, innovative problem solvers will foster a deeper understanding of the content, as well as prepare them for their future.
Why should you follow this blog?
Often incorporating Higher Order Thinking in the classroom can be very challenging. You can get stuck on a topic and not be able to figure out how take it to the next level. You may have a severe behavior problem in your class that keeps you from being able to do more hands on activities or take things up a notch. Perhaps your principal is a firm believer that students are seen not heard and has a very old-school approach. I intend to discuss these topics, newsworthy education topics, share tips and ideas of how to incorporate higher order thinking with the common core standards, and help you become an even more Hardcore Teacher!
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