Teaching with Higher Order Thinking and Rigor in Mind
The Learning-Focused Instructional Framework: Stage 2
The Learning-Focused Instructional Framework provides the structure, skills, knowledge and resources for the most effective teaching and for accelerating all of your students’ learning. With the framework, you will plan and teach lessons you believe in!
The Learning-Focused Instructional Framework is learned in three professional development stages. The second stage, Teaching with Higher Order Thinking and Rigor in Mind, provides the resources and tools for planning purposeful, rigorous lessons that advance students through the four Levels of Learning in every lesson. Using the foundation learned in the first stage, The High Performance Learning-Focused Lesson, teachers shift their planning focus on higher level instruction, questions, learning activities, grade-level assignments, and assessments.
Teaching with Higher Order Thinking and Rigor in Mind….
- exceeds the expectations of today’s standards by making Higher Order Thinking a main emphasis of every lesson
- provides a blueprint for moving students through the 4 Levels of Learning
- defines specific practices for developing rigorous, high quality assignments
- ensures consistently high expectations for every student
- provides a direct connection between research and application
- is the best pathway for planning and teaching rigorous lessons for all students
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After learning how to plan and teach Learning-Focused Lessons, it is critical for student achievement to increase the rigor of lessons by consistently challenging students with rigorous lessons driven by the high expectations of grade level standards. Exemplary schools provide their teachers with professional development, support, and an instructional framework to meet the demands of the new generation of standards and today’s educational expectations. Teaching with Higher Order Thinking and Rigor in Mind provides all schools with a framework, strategies and resources for integrating Higher Order Thinking in all lessons effectively and building achievement to become an exemplary school.
How does Teaching with Higher Order Thinking and Rigor in Mind prepare all students to be successful?
The new generation of standards expect students to think at higher levels. Typical schools give students assignments either below grade level or give students higher level assignments but do not prepare them to successfully meet the expectations of the assignments. Teaching with Higher Order Thinking and Rigor in Mind is the key to successfully moving students through the initial level of learning (recall information) to a higher level of learning (analyze and apply information) in every lesson so they can all succeed with higher level assignments.
The demands of the new generation of standards and today’s education expectations require teachers to do more than provide students with basic knowledge and skills. Now, they must deepen student understanding of what they learn, which requires teachers to know how to plan and provide lessons where students learn and use higher order thinking strategies. To be college and career ready in the 21st century, students must be able to apply higher order thinking strategies to gain new insights. It is imperative that students are taught to independently use higher order thinking strategies. Providing students the knowledge and tools to retain and use these strategies is crucial for success beyond school.
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Workshop Essential Question: How do you provide rigorous instruction and deepen student learning with higher order thinking?
|Participants will Learn the…||Participants will Understand…||Participants will Apply what they Learn to…|
||Rigorous lessons engage students in skillfully applying Higher Order Thinking to deepen understanding of content.||
Teaching with Higher Order Thinking and Rigor in Mind provides teachers with the structure, understanding and skills to incorporate higher order thinking into their Learning-Focused Lessons, the tools for helping students successfully complete grade level assignments that incorporate higher order thinking, and the skills and knowledge to plan questions and tasks that elicit higher order thinking from students.