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Higher Order Thinking Skills Questions! Help!
10-14-2008, 05:12 PM
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Hello everyone! How are you doing? I need help bad. I just had a bad observation and have been recommended for a growth plan. I need your help with higher order thinking questions. I am in an inclusion class and my observer feels as if I am not challenging my students enough. Please help me with some questioning techniques. Thanking you in advance/

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10-14-2008, 08:21 PM
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Check out this site on Bloom's Taxonomy. It gives you some sample questions that go with each level. Using this, you should be able to insert questions of your own based on the book/story you're teaching.

This may be an older version of Bloom's, but it's all good.

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10-15-2008, 03:06 AM
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I agree with the idea of taking a look at Bloom's. The other thing I do is teach my kids how to develop their own questions, because it helps them to see the difference between literal questions and those that require an inference. The Q Chart (attached) is a big help for students. I start with a picture book (Where the Wild Things are) when I teach this lesson in grade 8. I read the book, and have students write questions about the story on post it notes. Then we post them on a large copy of the Q Chart at the front of the room. Most of the post-its end up in the top left quadrant of the chart. I then explain that the further down and right that you go on the chart, the deeper the questions get. So a "Who is..." question is "thinner" than a "How might..." question. I give them examples, and then they come up with a new batch of questions related to the book. I find that knowing how to develop questions helps them to answer questions!

You may want to use the Q Chart when you're developing your questions during lessons. It's ok to ask a couple of literal questions, but as you plan, make sure that most of your questions fall in the bottom right quadrant of the Q Chart. Just make sure that your students know the difference, so they know that some questions have the answer "right there" in the text, and some require that they put what is in the text together with their own ideas.
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10-15-2008, 05:12 AM
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Deep questioning leads to better understanding of the material. These ideas are terrific, thank you for sharing.

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SEMR Bookmarks
10-18-2008, 08:04 AM
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Check these bookmarks out. They have TONS of higher level thinking questions. (28 pages/ 3 on each page) I cut them apart, laminated them, and put them on a ring to be in easy reach anytime.

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Analyzing
10-18-2008, 09:02 AM
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I'm attaching bookmarks with questions. I have them on diffetent colored cardstock, laminated, put on rings, and used in small group.

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Applying
10-18-2008, 09:04 AM
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Applying Bookmark
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Evaluating
10-18-2008, 09:05 AM
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Evaluating Bookmark
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Generating
10-18-2008, 09:08 AM
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Generating Bookmark
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Integrating
10-18-2008, 09:09 AM
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Integrating Bookmark

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Knowing
10-18-2008, 09:10 AM
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Knowing Bookmark
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Organizing
10-18-2008, 09:11 AM
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Organizing Bookmark
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10-18-2008, 09:32 AM
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I can't wait because I just want to print all of this stuff out!!! Thank you so much for sharing, everyone!

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Thanks for the materials!
10-18-2008, 09:54 AM
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These will definitely get a lot of use in my classroom! Thanks a lot!

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Q Matrix
10-18-2008, 10:24 AM
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Similar to the Q chart mentioned by a PP, I use the Q Matrix with my sixth graders. It helps them frame some very insightful questions, and lends itself to discussions about the level of questioning. For example, when conducting a Socratic Seminar, students must be prepared with three questions from rows 4, 5 or 6. We have had some good discussions using this method.
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10-18-2008, 10:40 AM
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Thank you for sharing! These will be in use this week in my room.

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10-18-2008, 01:39 PM
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Thanks so much for both sets of bookmarks! I'm going to make some sets to give to teachers I work with!

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Great bookmarks
10-18-2008, 05:04 PM
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What a wonderful reading tool for teachers!

Thanks for sharing!

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Wow!
10-19-2008, 01:08 AM
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This is great. Just one question Mrs. Gorf. You mentioned that you put them on a ring for easy access.....is this something you keep handy for yourself or do you share within the classroom?

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10-19-2008, 05:10 AM
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SMB,
I keep them mostly for my use since there are 74 different bookmarks in the set. The students have heard many of the questions so much that they, in turn, ask each other the questions I have used during our "reading club" time. My goal has been to make a user friendly set for them but I haven't gotten to it yet.

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Weighing in late
10-19-2008, 07:30 AM
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Reading is my favorite subject to teach. To go straight to the top of Bloom's (evaluation) and to truly gauge how well your kids are understanding, ask a lot of "what do you think?" questions:

What do you think of this character? Why?
What do you think will happen next?
What do you think this character should do?

Also text-to-self, to text, to world:

How would you react in this situation?
Have you ever been in a situation like this?
Does this remind you of anything you've read before?
How many different ways might this go?

You don't have to get involved and go to a lot of work to go straight to the top of Bloom's.

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Questioning
10-21-2008, 05:43 AM
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Thanks that was a great idea. I will refer to this page daily when planning their lessons.

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love the bookmarks!
10-21-2008, 05:54 AM
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Thanks for the great bookmarks! I will use them!

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Great ideas
10-21-2008, 02:42 PM
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Thanks so much for the bookmarks. I did a a list of critical thinking questions from Bloom's from a Masters class, that if I can figure out howto attatch a document, I'll post it.
I am not as computer savvy as my younger counterparts.

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Hang in there
10-21-2008, 02:50 PM
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Getting observed sometimes makes the best of us nervous. It will get easier, trust me.

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Questioning Resources
10-29-2008, 06:11 PM
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Thanks for the wonderful questioning resources. Can't wait to use them .

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10-29-2008, 06:23 PM
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I know I need to do more of this....

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11-03-2008, 05:33 PM
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These bookmarks rock! Thanks for sharing.

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11-07-2008, 02:37 PM
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When I first started teaching a had a list of the Bloom's verbs listed on six different colored posters. Whenever I made lesson plans, asked questions in class, or wrote comprehension questions I always referred to them. This helped me ask more thought provoking questions. It even helped the students because they could see where I wanted them to be.

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04-21-2010, 07:25 PM
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These are great questions and are so helpful.

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book marks
09-28-2011, 07:26 AM
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The bookmarks are fantastic! Right there at my fingertips and easy to implement! Thank you!

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10-18-2011, 04:52 PM
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Thanks so much for sharing these. They are great!

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Yay!
10-18-2011, 05:01 PM
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Thanks so much for posting the question and everyone who shared! I ALWAYS need help with my higher group. This is fantastic! Thanks!

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Thanks!
10-19-2011, 01:49 PM
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I really like your Q chart. It makes it so much easier to figure out what kinds of questions to be asking. Simple and to the point! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing it.

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These are great
02-12-2012, 06:30 PM
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Thanks for sharing these, I'm going to work on translating them into Spanish.

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03-15-2012, 06:19 PM
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Thanks for these great resources. We are now concentrating on Non-Fiction and it seems so much harder for students (and myself) to come up with questions for Non-Fiction than fiction. I use rings of questions all the time and will be adding those from UConn to a new ring. I have also used book marks before so I know that these will be very helpful. You are all wonderful.

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I am SO THRILLED TO HAVE FOUND YOU!
08-14-2012, 04:17 PM
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This thread has already made me feel better about what I am about to do, it's not even funny!!! I am a first year 7th grade reading teacher and my brain is on overload. I cannot figure out how to teach children who have really never been taught to THINK how to think! This at least gives me a jumping off point! Thank you so much!!!

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10-04-2012, 02:42 PM
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Good teaching strategies are timeless!!!!!

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