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Teaching Thinking in Standards-based Classroom 2014-2015        

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A. Teaching Thinking for Rigor and Relevance

Thinking Skills in Standards-based Classroom: Rigor and Relevance

·      21st Century Schooling:  High Frequency Thinking Skills

·      Three Phase Explicit Teaching Model 

·      Talk-Through, Walk-Through, Drive-Through

·      Strategies that Engage: Student Centered Learning 

B. Standards-based Reading Strategies: Deep Understanding

Mastering Complex Text & Critical Reading: Digging Deeper with Rigor! 

·      Narrative and Informational Complex Text: Meeting the Challenge 

·      Critical Reading Strategies for Analysis: Going Deeper 

·      Questions that Matter: Traditional and Text-Dependent

·      Rigorous Text to Reading Proficiency: Literacy Success 

C. Standards-based Writing Strategies: Everyday, Every Way

Learning to Communicate Through Written Language

·      Know and Understand the CCSS Writing Standards

·      Apply Proven Tools to Promote Flexible Writing

·      Share the Whole Writing Process with Students

·      Short Write, Long Writes, All Day 

D. Standards-based Speaking and Listening Strategies

Classroom Discourse:  Back and Forth, Serve and Volley

·      Understand Formal and Informal Classroom Discourse

·      Structures to Foster Authentic Communication

·      Oral Language: The Pathway to Written Language

·      Rigor in Speaking, Articulating, Presenting and Debating 

E. Standards-based Curriculum Designs

Inquiry Learning-Project and Performances for Real World Relevance! 

·      CCSS Curriculum Units:  Mapping for Purposeful Learning

·      Big Ideas and Themes: Essential Questions / Academic Questions

·      Clustering Standards: Discovering Deeper Meaning 

·      Explicit Teaching of Thinking Skills: Threading Thinking Across Content 

F. Standards-based Mathematical Reasoning

Making Sense of the Math

·      Embracing Eight Best Practices in Math: Habits for Success

·      Laser Focus on Reasoning, Problem Solving, Logical Thinking

·      Deep Understanding-Solve, Show, Explain

·      Real World Applications- Using Mathematics Purposefully

G. Standards-based Instruction: Leading and Coaching

Leading in the Common Core: Guiding the Process of Change! 

·      A Strategic Plan: Effective Professional Development 

·      Instructional Rigor: Model Strategies for the Classroom 

·      PD Designs: Every Staff Meeting for School Goals 

·      Coaching and Feedback: Supporting Teachers Growth

H. Standards-based Reading/Writing Strategies

The Right to Be Literate!

·      Write to Read and Read to Write for Success

·      Know and Understand the Reading / Writing Standards

·      Apply Proven Tools to Promote Flexible Reading/Writing

·      Motivating Students to Read

·      Short Write, Long Writes, All Day Long

I. RFA Standards-Based Informative Assessment: When it’s Not About a Grade

Feedback is the Breakfast of Champions

·      Routine Informative Assessments: Everyday, All Day Assessments

·      Reflective Informative Assessments: Many Days, Deliberate Ways

·      Rigorous Informative Assessments: Some Days, Thought-Provoking Ways

J. RFA Standards-based Differentiated Instruction: Tweaking Lessons

Different Brains, Different Learners: Knowing Your Students

·      Differentiating by: Changing Content, Processes, or Products

·      Differentiating by: Challenging with Richness, Rigor and Relevant

·      Differentiating with Three-Tiered Lessons: Concrete, Symbolic, Abstract

·      Differentiating by: Learning Preferences: Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic

K. RFA Standards-based Summative Assessments: High Stakes!

It counts when it’s counted! (Customized for CCSS, PARCC, SBAC Assessments)

·      Test Readiness: Use Language of Test for Lesson and Assignments

·      Understanding Assessment Protocols: Formats, Structures and Expectations

·      Replicate Assessment Items: Mimic with Your Content

·      Create Rigorous Assessments: Grade Levels/Departments Originals


How to Teaching Thinking
Skills Within the Common Core
Brian Pete, Robin Fogarty & Jim Bellanca