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Fifty Strategies to Boost Cognitive Engagement

Access 50 teacher-tested instructional strategies for building a classroom culture of thinking. Engage students’ cognitive abilities and foster essential 21st century skills—from critical thinking and problem-solving to teamwork and creativity.


  • Gain an understanding of the concepts of critical thinking and cognitive engagement, as well as the relationship between the two.
  • Study Bloom’s revised taxonomy, the cognitive processes associated with its various levels, and how they relate to cognitive engagement in the classroom.
  • Access 50 teaching strategies for classroom engagement that will encourage the cognitive development of students and grow their critical thinking skills.
  • Learn about three important aspects for sustaining classroom engagement—movement, collaboration, and media literacy—and how these connect with the 50 teaching strategies.
  • Utilize effective teaching strategies and new knowledge of critical thinking and cognitive skills to build a culture of thinking in the classroom.

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Chapter 1: Understanding Cognitive Engagement and the Thinking-Based Classroom
Chapter 2: Applying a Taxonomy to the Thinking in Your Classroom
Chapter 3: Developing Critical Thinking Skills and Fostering Engagement
Chapter 4: Implementing Strategies for Understand-Level Thinking
Chapter 5: Implementing Strategies for Analyze-Level Thinking
Chapter 6: Implementing Strategies for Evaluate-Level Thinking
Chapter 7: Implementing Strategies for Create-Level Thinking
Chapter 8: Cementing a Culture of Thinking




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