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Introduction

To be truly effective, teachers must not only assist students in learning the content immediately at hand. You must also prepare students for the learning they will have to do after they leave your classroom. Students who develop higher-order thinking skills become life-long learners – capable of analyzing new situations, relating new information to what they already know, and thinking critically and creatively to solve problems, improve processes, and understand their world.

In this Topic in Education, you will learn why higher-order thinking skills are important for you and your students, how you can promote higher-order thinking in your lessons, and how educational researchers define some important terms and ideas. 

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Curriculum Associates' new series on higher-order thinking skills for reading, Levels of Comprehension is now available.

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We’ll provide examples of successful lessons from classroom teachers and show you how to teach, practice, and assess higher-order thinking.

This Topic was written by John Grischow, an educational consultant from Nashville, North Carolina, and former teacher and administrator in elementary, middle, and high-schools.

Included are text and audio instruction, downloadable examples, handouts, a reading assignment, and a lesson review with which you can assess your learning progress. Approximate time to complete: one hour.

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