Finding Opportunities for Higher Level Thinking in the Curriculum

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Published on May 7, 2008

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Finding Opportunities for Higher Level Thinking in the Curriculum Bernie Dodge, PhD San Diego State University Webquest.org/workshops/finding

 

Summarize Design Decide Create Predict Analyze

So, how do we uncover the opportunities for higher level thinking in our content?

First…. Ask yourself, when do adults need to apply this content?

Ask yourself, when do adults need to apply this content?

Second… Look for (or create) disequilibrium

Look for (or create) disequilibrium

 

Create Open ended thinking with many possible end points. Encourages surprisingness, originality while still working within the confines of a genre.

Create what???? Event Transposition Narrative

Event

Transposition

Narrative

Creating an Event http://www. lubbockisd . org/Webquests/MeetImmigrants/index . htm A meeting of minds in which students act as if they were someone else

Creating an Event http: //questgarden .com/01/66/9/070813071510/ A meeting of minds in which students act as if they were someone else

Creating an Event http://projects. edtech . sandi . net/hoover/amistad/ A re-enactment of a trial in which all sides of an issue are argued

Creating a Narrative To go behind the book and describe the setting of a work of literature http: //questgarden .com/57/28/8/071113161036/

Creating a Narrative To go beyond a book and extend it to new chapters or in-between scenes http: //oncampus . richmond . edu/academics/education/projects/webquests/shakespeare/

Creating a Narrative To write a diary or journal from a particular point of view http://teachers. eusd .k12.ca. us/mguerena/castewebquest/index . htm

Creating a Narrative To describe a journey and the places along the way as if you were there http: //questgarden .com/63/99/1/080415075239/

Creating a Transposition http: //coe .west. asu . edu/students/madams/webquest . htm Transpose something from one form to another

Practice Working in your team of four, come up with WebQuest ideas for the topic given that will engage higher level thinking

6 Thinking Hats

Blue Hat is looking for higher-level thinking and fidelity to the WebQuest model. will make sure that scaffolding and challenge are included.

is looking for higher-level thinking and fidelity to the WebQuest model.

will make sure that scaffolding and challenge are included.

Green Hat stands for creativity. will look for unusual, surprising ideas to build a WebQuest around. may suggest ideas that seem a little wacky.

stands for creativity.

will look for unusual, surprising ideas to build a WebQuest around.

may suggest ideas that seem a little wacky.

Red Hat looks at problems using intuition, gut reaction, and emotion. tries to think how other people will react emotionally to a WebQuest wants to find a WebQuest idea that is fun for the students and the teacher

looks at problems using intuition, gut reaction, and emotion.

tries to think how other people will react emotionally to a WebQuest

wants to find a WebQuest idea that is fun for the students and the teacher

Black Hat looks at the learning outcomes tries to assure that the WebQuest will actually achieve measurable objectives will remind the group about the need to master basic skills and concepts and gain higher traditional test scores.

looks at the learning outcomes

tries to assure that the WebQuest will actually achieve measurable objectives

will remind the group about the need to master basic skills and concepts and gain higher traditional test scores.

Can you have your students create… a trial or a party or a meeting that will engage them in learning the content A transformation of an event to a poem, a story to a song, a painting to a play A transposition of the setting or actors of a story A story told from a different point of view

a trial or a party or a meeting that will engage them in learning the content

A transformation of an event to a poem, a story to a song, a painting to a play

A transposition of the setting or actors of a story

A story told from a different point of view

What did you come up with?

Design Solving a problem or creating a change to achieve a pre-determined end result while working within realistic constraints

Design what???? Physical object or space Distillation Event Process

Physical object or space

Distillation

Event

Process

Designing an object or space http: //questgarden .com/58/39/5/071125090624/ Work within given constraints to meet the desired goal

Designing an object or space http: //questgarden .com/58/68/0/071129072810/ Work within given constraints to meet the desired goal

Designing a distillation http: //questgarden .com/63/14/1/080403063542/ Choose representative items to represent a large body of content

Designing a distillation http: //questgarden .com/09/99/6/080210153854/ Choose representative items to represent a large body of content

Designing a distillation http: //questgarden .com/00/33/5/070902213117 Choose representative items to represent a large body of content

Designing a distillation http://www. questgarden .com/59/82/3/080115195501/ Choose representative items to represent a large body of content

Practice Working in your team of four, come up with WebQuest ideas for the topic given that will engage higher level thinking

Can you have your students design… A physical space or object A field guide An exhibit or museum A commemorative

A physical space or object

A field guide

An exhibit or museum

A commemorative

What did you come up with?

Decide Make an informed choice from among several alternatives while taking competing ideas into account

Decide what???? Course of action Personal stance Ranking or rating

Course of action

Personal stance

Ranking or rating

Deciding a Course of Action http: //questgarden .com/53/74/2/070721171535/ Recommend a change of policy or procedure

Deciding a Course of Action http://www. questgarden .com/59/53/2/080103163228/ Recommend a change of policy or procedure

Deciding a Course of Action http: //questgarden .com/54/88/3/070910191921/index. htm Recommend a change of policy or procedure

Deciding a Personal Stance http: //questgarden .com/56/21/0/071015183645/ Examine an issue and decide how you feel about it personally

Deciding a Ranking http://www. questgarden .com/62/59/7/080318044044/ Look at a number of items and rank order them or pick one out based on defined criteria

Deciding a Ranking http://www. questgarden .com/63/75/3/080411135809/ Look at a number of items and rank order them or pick one out based on defined criteria

Practice Working in your team of four, come up with WebQuest ideas for the topic given that will engage higher level thinking

Can you have your students decide… On a recommendation to make to some group that has the power to change things? On where they stand on a particular issue On a ranking or rating to help choose a candidate? A purchase?

On a recommendation to make to some group that has the power to change things?

On where they stand on a particular issue

On a ranking or rating to help choose a candidate? A purchase?

What did you come up with?

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Finding Opportunities for Higher Level Thinking in the Curriculum Bernie Dodge, PhD San Diego State University webquest.org/workshops/finding

 

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