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Higher-Order Thinking

Higher-Order Thinking

Aim Your Curriculum Correctly We often answer the wrong question: “What’s in the curriculum?” While having a curriculum is important, you better make sure that curriculum serves the students. The question we should always return to is “What do my students need in order to thrive?” A Road Map We Already Have We don’t have to look far to answer this question. We were all given a road map when we ...
Assessing Challenging Problems

Assessing Challenging Problems

Assess to Encourage The goal of assessment from the students’ perspective should be to support them—not to slap a label on them. In fact, that’s really the goal of all we do, right? Assessing students’ work should help them understand where they need more practice or assistance so that they can understand better. Our assessments should also encourage students when they take on new challenges. S...
Creativity in Math?

Creativity in Math?

Yes! At its highest level, math is a creative endeavor. Do you give your students opportunities to develop their creativity? I’m not talking about students creating collages or doing improvisational dance to represent the triangle proportionality theorems. I’m talking about students doing original thinking. Here is what that can look like. A Starting Point A simple example would be in how you p...