Posts Tagged ‘Thinking’

HIGHER-LEVEL THINKING SKILLS: AN OUTLINE OF SOME OF THE COMPONENTS

March 16, 2009

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Our purpose in writing this article is to set the stage for a series of activities that you can use personally or with your students to practice the strategies of the skilled thinker.  There are many ways to conceptualize the organization of these skills.  We have chosen to group them into the categories of gathering, assessing or considering, and applying.

Gathering skills can be thought of as discrete skills that are used to recall or collect bits of data that are thought to be useful in the pursuit of the solution to some sort of problematic situation.  As the data begins to accumulate, the skilled thinker considers and assesses what has been gathered and begins to sketch out potential solutions.  Often, additional gathering steps are required to fill in gaps.  Application skills blend all of the pieces into a strategic attack on the problem at hand. (more…)

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Thinking Skills Activity: Observing

May 23, 2006

OBSERVING FOR DETAILS
Bob Valiant, 11 March 2004
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Thinking Skill Emphasized: Observing for Detail

Suggestions are given for teaching/learning the skill of observing for detail.
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Thinking Skills Activity: Observing

May 23, 2006

Observing Sequence
Bob Valiant, 14 March 2004



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Thinking Skill Emphasized: Observing Sequence

Activities for observing sequence are provided.
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Thinking Skills Activity: Observing

May 23, 2006

Observing Similarities and Differences
Bob Valiant, 14 March 2004

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Thinking Skill Emphasized: Observing Similarities and Differences

In this activity, students are asked to observe two or more things for detail, then identify similarities and differences.
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Thinking Skills Activity: Categorize

May 23, 2006

CATEGORIZE
Bob Valiant, 15 March 2004

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Thinking Skill Emphasized: CATEGORIZE

Grouping items into categories helps us make sense of data collections.
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Thinking Skills Activity: Classify

May 23, 2006

CLASSIFY
Bob Valiant, 15 March 2004

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Thinking Skill Emphasized: CLASSIFY/CATEGORIZE

By grouping similar things together we are able to organize vast amounts of information into manageable chunks. (more…)

Thinking Skills Activity: Analysis

May 23, 2006

ANALYSIS 1
Bob Valiant, 15 March 2004

Thinking Skill Emphasized: ANALYSIS

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When we analyze a document we look for the important information.
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Thinking Skills Activity: Analysis

May 23, 2006

ANALYSIS 2
Bob Valiant, 21 March 2004

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Thinking Skill Emphasized: ANALYSIS

One aspect of analysis is to identify essential properties of a concept.
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Thinking Skills Activity: Analysis

May 23, 2006

ANALYSIS 3
Bob Valiant, 04 April 2004

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Thinking Skill Emphasized: ANALYSIS

Analysis of your own perspectives is a powerful form of thinking.
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Thinking Skills Activity: Hypothesizing

May 23, 2006

HYPOTHESIZING
Bob Valiant, 15 March 2004

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Thinking Skill Emphasized: HYPOTHESIZING

Hypothesizing may be used either in an attempt to generate potential causes for an event or to predict the outcome based on a given set of circumstances. (more…)