I have these posters hanging in my room to preface our year with higher level thinking! It helps me remember how to talk to my students and helps them formulate their questions. It is a great visual reminder and resource for my students.
During our study of Martin Luther King Jr. and Arctic Animals, the students develop Higher Level Thinking Questions about those topics of study. Then, technology is integrated to allow the students access to type and print their higher level thinking questions. All questions are discussed, either small group or whole group. By now, the students have a clear understanding of higher level vocabulary and how to ask meaningful questions. As you can see on the polar bear, a student of mine could not stop asking questions!
This is the 6th week of 1st grade last year. I titled my blog, Minds in Bloom’s because I use Bloom’s Taxonomy in my classroom daily. Higher level thinking is a priority in my classroom and my students have risen to that level since I have set those high expectations. Weekly, I have my students simply ask questions about a story we are reading or about a topic we are studying.