DISCUSSION: Higher Order Thinking & Cognitive Complexity
Most of the time when teachers are asked why they are teaching at the lower levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy, they suggest that students must understand the basics before they can tackle more complicated tasks at the higher cognitive levels. Unfortunately, many teachers never venture into the higher levels of student cognition. Enabling students to synthesize new information and/or revise their thinking about existing factual knowledge is a pivotal 21st Century Skill.
In this activity, you will discuss with your colleagues the concept of cognitive complexity as it relates to integrating higher level thinking processes in your instructional setting. Consider the questions below.
- How can lessons be structured to help students move beyond basic content understanding?
- What critical thinking skills will our students need to succeed as life-long learners?
- As a teacher, how can I promote higher-level questioning from my students?
- How can Bloom's Taxonomy or Webb's Depth of Knowledge assist in elevating the level of student cognition in the classroom?
You are expected to participate in this activity in one of two ways. You can either post your response to one or more of the above questions using social media with #HEATFramework or using the Moodle Discussion below. Either way, we encourage you to post ONE initial response and to reply to the post of at least ONE colleague. Since you have the option of posting within this Moodle course or by social media, this activity is set to mark as completed on your own.
Note: Once you have participated in the Discussion either by replying below or posting in social media, you will be able to check this activity as completed on the home page of this course.