A recent study reports that only 18% of learning time in classrooms is spent at the highest thinking levels - analyzing, evaluating and creating. While we need our participants to also remember, understand and apply, don't we want a workforce that is equipped for the rigor of higher thinking?
Take some time this week to review your curriculum content for rigor. Are you designing activities that ask for rote memorization and regurgitation? Or are you designing and conducting in such a way that students are being asked to be deep thinkers?
A simple strategy for adding more rigor to your lessons is to weave the following questions into your sessions. These question stems can be used with almost any content and will keep your audience engaged in analytical thinking.
· What is the function of _____
· What’s the relationship between
· How is this similar to
· What are some of the problems of
· What is the difference between
· Are there any inconsistencies
· Is there a better solution to
· How effective are
· What are some of the consequences of
· How does this influence
· What are the pros and cons of
· If you had unlimited resources, how would you
· What might be a new way to
· What might be an unusual way to combine
· How would you test or check
· What would the solution
· What type of people would be on your team to solve
You can download a question stem cheat sheet here and keep it on your presentation table for handy reference.
For more engagement ideas, check out Caffeinated Learning: How to Design and Conduct Rich, Robust Professional Learning.
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Anne Beninghof is passionate about teaching and learning.
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