Strategies for Higher Order Thinking Questions

  • Have students use question stems to create HOT questions based on text. Create & anticipate answers and evaluate each other’s answers
  • Costa’s Questioning
  • Must always justify response with relevant evidence
  • Synthesis (identify common themes)
  • Have questions or cards on strips of paper to distribute
  • Plan HOT questions into your lesson
  • Have an essential question
  • Have lower order questions assist in answering the HOT questions–scaffolding
  • Pair “what” question with a “why” question
  • Connect to previous knowledge, thought process
  • Quality vs. quantity
  • Questions that extrapolate
  • Change parameters (what if)
  • Predict
  • Open ended questions
  • Compare/contrast
  • Textual evidence
  • Design own test questions
  • Gradual release modeling (I do, We do, You do)
  • Think pair share
  • Data analysis
  • The A-list (Jim Burke, see attached from Nancy Harris)
  • Wrap up/reflection
  • Let student “teach” class
  • Why/how
  • Diagnose what’s wrong
  • Evaluate
  • Given a rubric, apply judgment for promotion (debate)
  • Sentence starters
  • Agree/disagree format
  • Reasoning–fix another’s mistake, explain the error
  • “What if?”
  • Apply what they already know
  • Webb’s Depth of Knowledge
  • Key ideas and details questions
  • FSA style questions
  • Google (level 1), doodle (level 2), noodle (level 3)
  • Allow kids to solve problem in multiple ways, determine best one
  • Nearpod
  • Resource from Academic Moves

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