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Higher Level Thinking

Kathy Futch

on 13 April 2011

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Transcript of ALT HLT

Kids learn through all their senses,
and they like to touch and manipulate things.

but more than simply moving material around,
hands-on activities activate kids' brains.
Ben Mardell, PhD,
a researcher with
Project Zero at
Harvard University As students put projects together, or use familiar materials in new ways, they're constructing meaning. Cindy Middendorf,
educational consultant
and author of
The Scholastic Differentiated Instruction Plan Book (Scholastic, 2009), Between the ages of four and seven, the right side of the brain is developing and learning comes easily through visual and spatial activities. When you combine activities that require movement, talking, and listening, it activates multiple areas of the brain. "The more parts of your brain you use, the more likely you are to retain information." Judy Dodge. author of 25 Quick Formative Assessment for a Differentiated Classroom (Schlastic, 2009) If you're only listening, you're
only activating one part of the brain,
but if you're drawing and explaining to a peer, then you're making connections in the brain. Six Benefits to hands-on,
higher level learning. 1. Fun 2. Creativity 3. Retention 4. Accomplishment 5. Review 6. Cooperation Here are a few quotes about
why higher level thinking is important Challenging our Students Higher Order Thinking Processes and
Project-Based Learning What challenges students? How can we stimulate higher level learning in our classrooms? What is Higher Order Thinking and why is it important when challenging our students?
Students need real-world situations offering multiple variables to challenge thinking processes.
The Self-correcting nature of thinking is called "metacognition." What types of processes are necessary to develop higher-order thinking in students? Comprehension
The process by which individuals construct meaning from information and form new "schemata" through specific activities.

exploring and making discoveries

conducting systematic inquiries

summarizing and reciting Creativity
Creativity involves divergent and convergent thinking to produce new ideas.

Only a trained mind can make connections between unrelated events, recognize meaning in a serendipitous event, and produce a solution that is both novel and suitable. Creativity involves the consistent use of basic principles or rules in new situations.

Creativity involves discovering and solving problems.

Creativity involves selecting the relevant aspects of a problem and putting pieces together into a coherent system that integrates the new information with what a person already knows. Insight
The sudden unexpected solution to a problem.

Solutions require analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.

Playfulness, creativity, and an ability to unify separate elements are major parts.

Metacognition and cognitive strategies, such as persevering, address the attitudes and habits of mind involved in insight. Critical Thinking/ Problem Solving Critical Thinking
A part of the process of evaluating the evidence collected in problem solving or the results produced by thinking creatively. Project-Based Learning
in Elementary School Project-based learning (known as PBL)
is a student-centered inquiry and research method of learning. The left hemisphere of the brain - the side that is involved in more analytical and language skills - develops later, around ages 10 and 11. Intelligence
Higher order thinking involves a variety of thinking processes applied to complex situations and having multiple variables
The level of thinking depends upon the context, with real-world situations, to challenge the thinking processes
Successful higher order thinking depends upon an individual's ability to apply, reorganize, and embellish knowledge in the context of the thinking situation Metacognition
-Awareness of one's own thinking processes Procedural Knowledge Abilility to apply rules or procedures to different situations
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