Welcome to my blog site. This year I will be teaching 4th grade ELA/SS. I'm excited to embark on the new changes approaching me. I'm always looking for new ideas to get students engaged and eager to learn. I hope you enjoy my blog. Please leave comments or ideas.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Higher Order Thinking

I'm sure your aware by now that I make it my priority in the classroom to teach higher order thinking skills.
Building higher order thinking skills is essential for students in Texas due to our new state assessment. I think that every student should have these skills regardless of a state test or not. Building these skills will help students within their career no matter what field they choose in their life.

My priority with my students is building higher order thinking skills (HOTS) by communicating together in cooperative groups. When students are able to discuss, share, form opinions, and revise their way of thinking they are paving the way to strengthening HOTS and communication skills.

Visit http://www.lauracandler.com/ to gather some great ideas. Click on File Cabinets to search for resources. My favorites are the Inference & Prediction Organizer, Mood Ring, Character Dice Game, and many more. This is a great site to collect more ideas to implement within your classrooms.

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