Everyone is smiling, and there is 100% engagement.
A teacher’s dream, right?
The reality is that many of our students require us to scaffold instruction for them and do not get concepts with our first lesson. For many tasks we do in the classroom, deep thinking is the goal and this takes hard work for some of our kiddos. We aim for the higher level of Blooms because we’re hearing the request for rigor in the classroom, and we know all kids can do it. We can’t and shouldn’t “dumb down” the curriculum to make it easier. Yet, we hate to see our kids hit frustration and/or fail.
What does deep thinking look like?
We are closing in on end-of-the-year testing now, and we know that these assessments require deep thinking, but here’s the deal. We can’t hold our students’ hands during the assessments, so eventually, they have to do it themselves, and folks, the struggle is real! I have been teaching my heart out with two intervention groups I’ve been asked to help, and in the past few months, I am definitely hearing deeper thinking and kids process the texts better. I know that some won’t make it, but yet the bar is set high because even if they don’t make it, they achieve more when more is expected from them.
Today, I want to share teaching strategies for deep thinking. There are certainly methods that get you more for the teaching buck than others, so why not make use of the most effective techniques.
Help Your Students Connect
Talk It Out
Take Advantage of Technology
To Save Them or Not…That is the Question
Require Expanded Responses
Praise, Praise, Praise the Effort
In my room…
When we complete a big project for our administrators or in our coursework, we like having a checklist or rubric to follow, right? Well, I have noticed that transferring what kids have learned to the testing situation doesn’t happen easily. By having a checklist, I am hopeful they’ll be more successful, and so far, this PROOF anchor chart seems to be helping.
As we gear up for our state testing, my kids are growing their thinking portfolio. The notebooks are a record of all of our lessons. I love what I am seeing and how our discussions are shifting. I may not get 100% over the mark, but I know they are connecting these lessons to their approach with reading and thinking.
If you are interested in checking out this growing bundle in my store, you can click on the image below. I’ve tackled the most challenging part for the kids first with comprehension and vocabulary, but there will be additional sections added for word analysis and poetry. If you have questions or specific areas of need, please feel free to message me to let me know.
So remember, deep thinking doesn’t happen overnight or easily, but with strategic methods, we can help ALL children become deep thinkers who use the strategies we share.
Have a great week, and until next time, happy reading!