higher order thinking - QualityTeachingBHHS

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Intellectual quality refers to the pedagogy focused on producing deep understanding of important, substantive concepts, skills and
ideas, Such pedagogy treats knowledge as something that requires active construction and requires students to engage in high-order
thinking and to communication substantively about what they are learning.
Higher Order Thinking (HOT) requires student to manipulate information and ideas in ways that transform their meaning and
implications. This transformation occurs when student combine facts and ideas in order to synthesise, generalise, explain, hypothesise
or arrive at some conclusion or interpretation. Manipulating information and ideas through these processes allows students to solve
problems and create new meanings and understandings.
What do your lessons look like?
1 – Lower Order Thinking
Students demonstrate only lowerorder thinking. They either
receive or recite pre- specified
knowledge or participate in
routine practice,
and in no activities during the
lesson do students go beyond
simple reproduction of knowledge
Students primarily
demonstrate lowerorder thinking, but at
some point, at least
some students perform
higher- order thinking
as a minor diversion
within the lesson.
Students primarily
demonstrate routine lowerorder thinking a good share
of the lesson. There is at
least one significant question
or activity in which most
students perform some
higher-order thinking
Most students
demonstrate higherorder thinking in at least
one major activity that
occupies a substantial
portion of the lesson.
5 – Higher Order
All students, almost all
of the time,
demonstrate higherorder thinking.
Students are regularly engaged in thinking that requires them to organise, reorganise, apply, analyse,
synthesise and evaluate knowledge and information
Tasks require students to organise, reorganise, apply, analyse, synthesise and evaluate knowledge and
Click on web links to open tools/strategies. Attachments on the email will be for the ‘see attachments’ tools/strategies. If you would
like any assistance with using these tools and strategies in the classroom, please let me know and I’m more then happy to come and
assist. Also, if you would like any more information, please ask.
Thinking tool
Glossary of terms
An A-Z of thinking tools and strategies and models for learning.
Describes: What it is – Why is it used – How it is used – Samples. Includes
A tool for categorising questions and activities according to six levels of
thinking: remembering, understanding, applying, analysing, evaluating and
A graphic organiser that " that begins with a central idea and proceeds to
show related ideas as branches off of the center" (Lazear, 2003)
A tool to look at possible solutions to a problem and the probable flow-on
consequences of each solution. Used to assist in making a final decision.
Thinking tool to encourage lateral thinking
Bloom's taxonomy
Concept map
De Bono's Six
Thinking Hats
Diamond ranking
Fishbone diagram
A tool to communicate information visually
A tool to order items according to priority levels
A tool to identify cause and effect. A useful essay planning tool
Web links
Tools and strategies
Bloom's digital taxonomy
See attachment
Concept map template
Bubbl.us concept map creator
Consequence chart template
Consequence wheel example
Summary of the Six Thinking Hats Six Thinking Hats links Create a graph tool
Diamond ranking template
Fishbone diagram template
Flow chart
Graphic organisers
A sequential list of events that have happened, or might happen
A tool that organises information in a visual form
Lotus diagram
What I Know - What I Want to know - What I have Learned
A tool to manage and categorise large amounts of information on topic
Flow chart template
Graphic organiser grid
Graphic organiser examples
Graphic organisers for writing
K-W-L template
Lotus diagram example and template
Note Taking
Howard Gardner's theory identifies 8 different inelligences
Test your multiple intelligence online
A tool to organise notes under headings
T Chart
Plus - Minus - Interesting chart
Used to evaluate an issue
Rank ideas in order of importance
Strengths - Weaknesses - Opportunities - Threats
Used to analyse nd justify
A tool to list ideas or issues supporting or refuting an argument
Note Taking template – see
PMI chart template
Thinking maps
Venn diagram
A tool to assist with decision making
A tool for finding similarities and differences
Y chart
Used to brainstorm ideas based on what you see, feel and see
Helps to clarify concepts and ideas
Ranking Ladder
Ranking ladder template
SWOT analysis example & template
Create T Chart template
T Chart template
Facts chart
Venn diagram template (2 circles)
Venn diagram template (3 circles)
Y chart template