Higher Order Thinking Skills

Driving question: How can we incorporate more higher-order thinking skills into our teaching?

Opening- HOTS: What is it?

Wall Wisher Activity
--Add your definition of the term Higher Order Thinking Skills

Brainstorm- think, pair, share. 
what are higher-order thinking skills that you already use in your classroom?
describe 1-2 activities that integrate higher-order thinking skills

HOTS in Action- 
Integrated instruction and HOTS
Example- Science video 

Student Adaptation of "Twelfth Night"
        Questions for Discussion--
        What learning styles does it address? 
        At what level are these students functioning on Blooms New Taxonomy? 
        What is the Traditional Approach that parallels this Digital Alternative?

HOTS Planning Materials
Andrew Church's digital bloom's- digital alternatives

Traditional Approaches and Digital Alternatives

Bloom's Digital Pyramid--Darin Wagner--Visually taking Web 2.0 tools and placing them in the different levels of Bloom's Taxonomy
Blooms' Visual - Another arrangement of Web 2.0 tools according to the different levels of the Taxonomy


  • Remembering - recognising, listing, describing, identifying, retrieving, naming, locating, finding
  • Understanding - interpreting, summarising, inferring, paraphrasing, classifying, comparing, explaining, exemplifying
  • Applying - Implementing, carrying out, using, executing
  • Analyzing - comparing, organising, deconstructing, attributing, outlining, finding, structuring, integrating
  • Evaluating - checking, hypothesising, critiquing, experimenting, judging, testing, detecting, monitoring
  • Creating - designing, constructing, planning, producing, inventing, devising, making

What does this mean for planning?
Standards-- minimum expectations or maximum?
Look at the verb in the standards- what do they tell us?

Storybird- writing in the classroom

Unpacking documents

Recycling song

area or concept to tweak/modify how we teach
area to integrate literacy across the curriculum
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