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How to Teach Thinking Skills

Ensure your students develop the higher-order thinking skills they need to not just survive but thrive. The latest edition of this best-selling book details a practical, three-phase teaching model and dives deep into standards-based lesson planning for seven essential student proficiencies.


  • Receive guidance on teaching higher-order thinking skills according to any given standard, including state standards and content-area standards.
  • Learn how to weave thinking skills and technology into your existing teaching strategies and lesson plans.
  • Understand how to adapt lessons for various grade levels and subjects.
  • Gain questions to reflect on after lessons, to ensure that students learn at the highest levels and grow their problem-solving and innovative thinking.
  • Attain tools and reproducibles to facilitate learning and understanding of teaching critical thinking and other 21st century skills.

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Student Proficiency 1: Critical Thinking
Chapter 1: Analyze
Chapter 2: Evaluate
Chapter 3: Problem Solve

Student Proficiency 2: Creative Thinking
Chapter 4: Generate
Chapter 5: Associate
Chapter 6: Hypothesize

Student Proficiency 3: Complex Thinking
Chapter 7: Clarify
Chapter 8: Interpret
Chapter 9: Determine

Student Proficiency 4: Comprehensive Thinking
Chapter 10: Understand
Chapter 11: Infer
Chapter 12: Compare and Contrast

Student Proficiency 5: Collaborative Thinking
Chapter 13: Explain
Chapter 14: Develop
Chapter 15: Decide

Student Proficiency 6: Communicative Thinking
Chapter 16: Reason
Chapter 17: Connect
Chapter 18: Represent

Student Proficiency 7: Cognitive Transfer
Chapter 19: Synthesize
Chapter 20: Generalize
Chapter 21: Apply

Appendix A: Reproducibles
Appendix B: Additional Resources
Appendix C: Technology Applications by Chapter



Additional Technology Integration Lessons



  • Bellanca, J. A. (2010). Enriched Learning Projects: A Practical Pathway to 21st Century Skills. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Bellanca, J. A. & Brandt, R. (Eds.). (2010). 21st Century Skills: Rethinking How Students Learn. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Burke, K. (2010). Balanced Assessment: From Formative to Summative. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Fogarty, R. J. & Pete, B. M. (2010). Supporting Differentiated Instruction: A Professional Learning Communities Approach. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Hargreaves, A. & Fullan, M. (Eds.). (2009). Change Wars. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Sousa, D. A. (Ed.). (2010). Mind, Brain, and Education: Neuroscience Implications for the Classroom. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.



Chapter 1

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 10

Chapter 13

Chapter 18

Chapter 20

Appendix B

Technology Tools