To help teachers ask questions that encourage student reflection and higher-order thinking, TeachThought has created a list of question stems appropriate for each of the six levels of Bloom’s taxonomy. The question stems can be used for any content area or discipline. For example, to encourage thinking at Bloom’s comprehension level, teachers might ask, “Can you retell ___ in your own words?” For the higher synthesis level, suggested stems might include, “What would you infer from ___?” and “What might happen if you combine ___ with ___?” TeachThought’s websiteprovides a chart listing all the stems, as well as verbs to use in crafting questions at each level of the taxonomy (define, interpret, revise, and so forth).
Super skills, twenty-first century skills, best practices—whatever you want to call the 4C’s (creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, communication), they are an integral part of the student experience in our classroom. Even so, sometimes a pathway to incorporate the 4C’s may seem evasive or like it takes too much time. Adding the following tools and ideas to an instructional toolbox can support a seamless incorporation of the 4C’s into our teaching and learning for all students.
100Kin10’s 2019 Trends Report identifies increasing STEM teacher diversity, greater focus on STEM subjects in early childhood education, and a rise in environmental literacy in response to student activism and interest as trends that will shape STEM education in 2020.
How can educators remain sensitive to students’ needs and protect themselves from risk when interacting with students, parents, and colleagues in complex situations? With the ProEthica program, educators have tools to develop decision-making skills based on open communications and a professional ethics framework. This self-paced, online program provides real-life scenarios of situations educators encounter to help develop awareness of professional risk, the value of subscribing to a code of professional ethics, and the power of collaborative decision-making. The ProEthica program helps build trust among colleagues while protecting the teaching profession and supporting the welfare and safety of students.