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Critical Thinking and Formative Assessments
Increasing the Rigor in Your Classroom

ISBN 9781315856261
Published September 5, 2013 by Routledge
176 Pages

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Book Description

Develop your students' critical thinking skills and prepare them to perform competitively in the classroom, on state tests, and beyond. In this book, Moore and Stanley show you how to effectively instruct your students to think on higher levels, and how to assess their progress. As states implement the Common Core State Standards, teachers have been called upon to provide higher levels of rigor in their classrooms. Moore and Stanley demonstrate critical thinking as a key approach to accomplishing this goal. They explore the benefits of critical thinking and provide the tools you need to develop and monitor critical thinking skills in the classroom. Topics include:

  • The Difference Between Higher-Level and Lower-Level Thinking
  • Writing Higher-Level Thinking Questions
  • Assessing Critical Thinking Strategies to Develop Higher-Level Thinking Skills

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Critical Thinking?
Bloom's Taxonomy 101
Lower-Level Thinking and Higher-Level Thinking: What's the Difference?
How Do Critical Thinking Skills Enhance Student Achievement?
How to Write Lower-Level Questions: Knowledge, Comprehension, and Application
How to Write Higher-Level Thinking Questions: Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation
Writing Formative Assessments with Critical Thinking Questions
Analyzing the Data from Critical Thinking Questions: What Does It All Mean?
Instructional Strategies to Develop Critical Thinking Skills in the Classroom
Epilogue: Where to Go From Here

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