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How Can Teachers use Higher Order Thinking Skills in the Classroom?

The goal of 21st century educators is to teach students higher order thinking skills as these skills are not only restricted to in-class situations but also to novel situations outside the classroom,and herein lies the purpose of today's education.

Higher Order Thinking is thinking on a higher level than memorizing facts or telling something back to someone exactly the way  it was told to you. When a person memorizes and gives back the information without having to think about it, we call it rote memory. That's because it's much like a robot; it does what it's programmed to do, but it doesn't think for itself. Higher Order Thinking, or HOT for short, takes thinking to higher levels than just restating the facts. HOT requires that we do something with the facts. We must understand them, connect them to each other, categorize them, manipulate them, put them together in new or novel ways, and apply them as we seek new solutions to new problems.
Here  is an informative presentation about the use of higher order thinking skills in the classroom.

Courtesy of: Laura Davis

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