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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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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
- Figure 5.3: Metaphor Graphic Organizer
- Figure 5.5: Quote It! Code It! Graphic Organizer
- Figure 5.8: Hear, Think, and Wonder Graphic Organizer
- Figure 5.9: Anticipation Guide
- Figure 5.11: Fishbone Diagram
- Figure 5.12: Pros and Cons Graphic Organizer
- Figure 5.13: Data-Based Graphic Organizer
- Figure 5.14: SWOT Analysis
- Figure 6.1: Inferencing Graphic Organizer
- Figure 6.2: Decision-Making Graphic Organizer
- Figure 6.3: TAG Sentence Stems
- Figure 6.4: Smile Meter in a Peer-Review Template
- Figure 6.5: Oral-Presentation Rubric
- Figure 6.6: Physical Education Self-Assessment
- Figure 6.8: Investigation Graphic Organizer
- Figure 6.12: Claims, Evidence, Reasons Graphic Organizer
- Figure 6.13: Rubric for the Claims, Evidence, Reasons Strategy
- Figure 6.14: Debate Team Carousel Organizer
- Figure 6.15: Graphic Organizer for a Persuasive Essay
- Figure 7.2: Six Thinking Hats Strategy’s Role Expectation Cards
- Figure 8.2: Classroom Discussion Statement and Question Stems
- Figure 8.7: Critical-Thinking Evaluation
- Peer Critiquing With Medals and Missions Worksheet
- Peer Critiquing With Stars and Wishes Worksheet
- Scaffolding Thinking Levels
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- National Center for Education Statistics, “Program for International Student Assessment (PISA)”
- Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers
- Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
- For the Teachers
- The Teacher Toolkit, “Consensogram”