Monday, July 1, 2013

Grand Opening Giveaway!

Hello and Welcome to Hardcore Teacher Resources! This blog will have all kinds of information about how to incorporate Higher Order Thinking skills in your classroom! 

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." 

Higher Order Thinking Buzz Words (including but certainly not limited to):
 Design
Create
Construct
Build
Assemble
Formulate
Develop
Produce
Evaluate
Analyze

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!
If that sounds up your alley, this blog's for you!  


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These necklaces are from my Etsy store. I will be giving away 20 for the Grand Opening of my blog! Please enter the giveaway at the top right of the page for your chance to win!

7 comments:

  1. The necklace is beautiful. I am loving the energy of your blog. I'm still trying to get mine started. I just read your previous "Currently" post and the "tips and tricks" stuff really hit home with me. I like it, and I'm just going to do it too. :) I would love to read more about HOT in the primary grades...I always see alot in intermediate and above. Thank you! :)

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    1. Thank you so much! I know it's so hard to get started right? I was really struggling with it and trying to make everything perfect. I'm glad I just got started instead! Yes, I'm excited to share ideas for HOT in the elementary grades, because it's something I always feel I'm short of, so others teachers must feel that way too! I'm going to hop over and check your blog out. Yay, blogging friends!

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    2. I love your background and design, it's so cute!

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    3. Oh my gosh!! That's exactly what I've been trying to do, make everything perfect and how I want it. You are so right! Thank you for following me! Yay for my first follower!!! I'm so excited! We are doing this! :)

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  2. Such a cute necklace! And really, I'm just glad to see a collection of higher order thinking activities. I'd like to see hands on activities and ways that would be quick to implement.

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    1. Thank you so much Brittany, I'm excited to give some fresh ideas for hands on learning and HOT skills. Thanks for the compliment on the necklace too! I really appreciate it.

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  3. I'd like to see some quick tips type things. Things that can be easily prepared and implemented!

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Thanks for commenting! Teach on, teacher friend!