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How to Teach Thinking Skills

Seven Key Student Proficiencies for College and Career Readiness, Second Edition

By: James A. Bellanca, Robin J. Fogarty, Brian M. Pete

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.

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Teaching thinking skills for student success in a 21st century world.

Ensure your students develop the complex, higher-order thinking skills they need to not just survive but thrive in a 21st century world. The latest edition of this best-selling guide by James A. Bellanca, Robin J. Fogarty, and Brian M. Pete details a three-phase teaching model and dives deep into how to teach seven key student proficiencies: critical thinking, creative thinking, complex thinking, comprehensive thinking, collaborative thinking, communicative thinking, and cognitive transfer.

How to teach higher-order thinking skills for student engagement and achievement:

  • 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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Additional Information

Product Code: BKF900, EKF463

ISBN: 9781947604896

Published By: Solution Tree

Page Count: 280

“Many teachers today ask the questions, ‘What does teaching thinking skills really mean, and how do I do teach them?’ How to Teach Thinking Skills, Second Edition not only answers both questions for educators of any content and grade level in a way that is clear, digestible, and practical, but also teaches how to infuse technology to support and enhance the development of thinking skills. As director of curriculum for a K–12 public school district, I have seen firsthand how the teachings of Bellanca, Fogarty, and Pete lead to major improvements in curriculum and instruction, and increases in student achievement. How to Teach Thinking Skills is essential and instrumental to any teacher hoping to teach more than content. This book is seminal to the development of 21st century learners as independent and adaptive thinkers in a rapidly changing, ever-evolving digital world.”

Richard Cohen, principal, assistant superintendent, and director of curriculum, Metuchen School District, New Jersey

How to Teach Thinking Skills is a step-by-step approach to not only the teaching of thinking skills but implementing them as well. The book is full of examples at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. . . . Thought-provoking reflective questions, included throughout, are perfect for conversations and the generation of ideas within collaborative teams or for individual educators. Teachers will appreciate the clear, consistent organization and focus of this book.”

Eileen Depka, educational consultant and author

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