Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Building Higher-Order Thinking Skills


Do YOU know what HOTS means? It takes using HOTS to figure out that answer. HOTS are based on Bloom's Taxonomy of thinking skills which offers a continuum from Lower Order Thinking Skills (LOTS) to Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS). This information will assist you as you plan your course projects. Enjoy the journey...

Bloom's Taxonomy Blooms Digitally
How does Bloom's Taxonomy fit into today's learning opportunities:
  • Review the six levels of the taxonomy. Pay careful attention to the "observable verbs" that connect with each level. 
  • Read aloud the verbs for Analyzing, Evaluating and Creating (Higher Order Thinking Skills - HOTS)
  • Review the digital activities that can be used to teach skills at each of the levels.
It's the Higher-Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) that make learning meaningful. These are the activities where learners enjoy the thinking/development process because they require learners to become involved in developing the outcome. Memorizing names (Remembering) to write on a test has no meaning to a learner. When a learner uses personal ideas to develop a product in a problem-based learning experience (Creating) has meaning for a learner and can make a difference in how the learner approaches the world.

Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson
One of our most innovative, popular thinkers takes on-in exhilarating style-one of our key questions: Where do good ideas come from? Johnson provides the story of how we generate the ideas that push our careers, our lives, our education, our society, and our culture forward.



So HOW do we integrate Higher-Order Thinking Skills into our Learning and Teaching?  Here are a few ideas:

Collaboration in the 21st Century: Sir Ken Robinson
Sir Robinson explores how education can prepare students for the collaboration they will use in their future lives. This is an inspiring video that explains how collaboration supports innovation.

How Digital Tools Prepare Students for the 21st Century
A research-based white paper that explains how using graphic organizers can assist students in learning.

Examples of Activities that Promote Higher-Order Thinking
This title isn't completely true.  Some of the activities encourage Higher-Order Thinking Skills, but some of them are actually Lower-Order Thinking Skills (LOTS).  Use a copy of Bloom's Taxonomy to identify which are HOTS and which are LOTS.

 
Higher-Level Thinking in the Classroom - Middle School
Teachers from Georgetown School District demonstrate how they promote higher-order thinking in the classroom. This even includes a principal's perspective on the process.

Recorded lecture - Please watch AFTER completing RWLD's above.

Extras (Not on the quiz):



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