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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Higher Level Thinking Questions and a freebie

Last year at my evaluation, my principal scored me a lower score on asking higher level questions. What???!!! Everything I do is not perfect all the time???!!!   I didn't necessarily agree (of course!) but what are you gonna do? Maybe he's even right!!! So I came up with the a way to help myself remember to ask those higher level questions. Here it is:

These are verbs used from Cognitive Rigor, a program that combines Bloom's Taxornomy with Webb's Depth of Knowledge. A matrix for Cognitive Rigor was created by Karin Hess and the phrase was coined by The Standards Company.

These are verbs I use from Bloom's taxonomy. Each level has it's own corresponding color.

 I laminated these cards (there's 4 to a page) and put them on a ring. I hang them from my teaching areas in the room so that I have easy access to the verbage and questions I need. I prettied them up with paisleys, but there is a black and white version included in my packet, as well.

They aren't free, only because it was a very slow and tedious process to find and type all of it. But they're only $2 at TPT and make my life so much easier, while making sure I am trying to elevate my teaching. Right now they're on sale for $1. I'll send a free one to the first two people to make a comment and pin it!

 Have a great weekend!
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  1. This is an area I have to work on also. These look great. I've pinned at

    Math is Elementary

    1. Thanks Julie! I emailed you a copy!

  2. Hi Ann,
    This is actually the thought of my new school this year!! We are trying to find easy ways to "train" ourselves to ask these higher level thinking questions. I have pinned your product here:

    I'd love to have a copy!!

    Shifting Teacher K-2

    1. Hi Christin
      I sent you your copy of the cards- let me know if you don't get it! Thanks for the comment and the pin!


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