How to Teach Thinking Skills Within the Common Core: 7 Key Student Proficiencies of the New National Standards

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Solution Tree Press, 2012 - Education - 221 pages
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The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are designed to make K 12 students college and career ready in mathematics, language arts, history and social studies, science, and technical subjects. The goal has been set. The challenge now lies in how teachers will address these standards in the classroom. How to Teach Thinking Skills Within the Common Core is a practical guide that prepares teachers to teach to the CCSS, across all grade levels and content areas. Authors James A. Bellanca, Robin J. Fogarty, and Brian M. Pete divide the book into seven key student proficiencies that encompass the desired thinking skills of the CCSS: (1) critical thinking, (2) creative thinking, (3) complex thinking, (4) comprehensive thinking, (5) collaborative thinking, (6) communicative thinking, and (7) cognitive transfer. Each proficiency focuses on three specific thinking skills prominent in the Common Core. The twenty-one applicable skills make the Common Core approachable for all teachers and students.

Additionally, the authors provide a three-phase model for teaching each thinking skill. In phase I, the Talk-Through, educators teach the thinking skill explicitly. In phase II, the Walk-Through, teachers practice the thinking skill within content-based lessons, providing guidance to ensure the proper application of the skill. In phase III, the thinking skill is transferred to authentic applications using CCSS performance tasks, allowing educators to make a direct connection between the selected thinking skill and the new standards.

With How to Teaching Thinking Skills Within the Common Core, teachers and educational leaders will learn how to make simple adjustments to classroom instruction to enhance students' critical-thinking skills and prepare them for college and the workforce.

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User Review  - Sau53 - Goodreads

Written in a style reflecting the very thinking skills they adamantly support, Bellanca, Fogarty, and Pete prompt educators to think critically, creatively, and comprehensively about the complex ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mj - Goodreads

For my teaching friends switching over to the common core, this book has great ideas for teaching the big thinking skills and ideas. I sticky noted a lot of pages! Read full review

About the author (2012)

James Bellanca founded SkyLight Professional Development in 1982. As its president, he mentored more than a dozen author-consultants as he led SkyLight in pioneering the use of strategic teaching and comprehensive professional development. Prior to meta-analyses that marked the effectiveness of cooperative learning, graphic organizers, and other cognitive strategies on student achievement, Bellanca coauthored more than a dozen texts that advocated the application of these tools across the curriculum, with the theme, not just for the test but for a lifetime of learning. Currently, Bellanca is building on the theories of cognitive psychologist Reuven Feuerstein to develop more effective responses to the learning needs of low-performing students whose academic achievement continues to lag behind those who have greater learning advantages.

Robin Fogarty is president of Robin Fogarty and Associates, Ltd., an educational publishing/consulting company. A leading proponent of the thoughtful classroom, she has trained educators throughout the world in curriculum, instruction, and assessment strategies. Fogarty has taught at all levels, from kindergarten to college, served as an administrator, and consulted with state departments and ministries of education in the United States, Puerto Rico, Russia, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Great Britain, Singapore, Korea, and the Netherlands. She has published articles in Educational Leadership, Phi Delta Kappan and the Journal of Staff Development. Fogarty has written How to Differentiate Learning (Corwin Press, 2007), Literacy Matters (Corwin Press, 2006), and From Staff Room to Classroom: Planning and Coaching Professional Learning (Corwin Press, 2006). Fogarty received her doctorate in curriculum and human resource development from Loyola University, Chicago.

Brian M.Pete is president of The Education Associates, an international consulting firm, and cofounder of Robin Fogarty & Associates. He has a rich background in professional development and has worked in and videotaped classroom teachers and professional experts in schools throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Pete's work on educational videos include Best Practices: Classroom Management and Best Practices: Active Learning Classrooms. He is the coauthor of books that include From Staff Room to Classroom (Corwin Press 2007), and titles from the Nutshell Collection, which include How to Differentiate Learning, Data!Dialogue! Decisions!, Twelve Principles That Make the Difference, Nine Best Practices That Make the Difference, Close the Achievement Gap, The Adult Learner, and A Look at Transfer.

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