Instructional Practice

I-4

Higher Level Thinking

Engages students in work that develops higher-level thinking skills

I-4 Elementary

  • Teacher
    Ms. Diquana Shields
  • Content
    Reading
  • Grade
    1st
  • Objective
    Make inferences based on illustrations.

Exemplar Video

I-4 Secondary

  • Teacher
    Mr. Brad Pearl
  • Content
    Geography
  • Grade
    9th
  • Objective
    Expose students to issues related to commercial, factory farming methods vs. organic, animal and environmentally friendly, sustainable farming methods and practices.

Exemplar Video

Full Video

Rubric Indicators

Rubric Indicators:

I-4 Engages students in work that develops higher-level thinking skills

The following best describes a teacher performing at Level 3 in this criterion:

  • Teacher embeds higher-level thinking skills into the lesson objective so that mastery of the objective requires students to meaningfully employ higher-level thinking skills.
  • Teacher provides students the support and guidance (e.g., scaffolding) needed to exercise higher-level thinking skills.
  • Teacher embeds higher-level thinking skills into the lesson objective so that mastery of the objective requires students to meaningfully employ higher-level thinking skills.
  • Students employ higher-level thinking skills to engage with lesson concepts, questions, and tasks and to demonstrate understanding of the lesson’s objectives.
  • Students use online resources and/or instructional tools to research, gather, synthesize, and create information.

Link to the complete Instructional Practice Rubric

Reflection Questions

Reflection Questions:

Use the following reflection questions to guide thinking prior, during, or after watching the video exemplar. They can be used individually or to facilitate conversation during PLCs, department meetings or as an entire faculty.

  • How can asking questions at different levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy develop higher-level thinking?
  • What evidence was seen of higher-level thinking?
  • Why is it essential to provide scaffolding and guidance for students?

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