Teachers at GGIS use teaching strategies which enable their students to use higher-order thinking skills.
Students are encouraged and directed toward using complex ways to think about what they are learning.
Teachers use the below strategies to enhance higher-order thinking skills:
- Help students determine what higher thinking is by assisting them to understand their own strengths and challenges.
- Encourage Questioning. Teachers ensure that the classroom is a place where students feel free to ask questions without any fear from being judged by their peers or even their teacher. This kind of classrooms encourages students to be creative and innovative.
- Connect Concepts. Teachers are the facilitators who lead the students through the process of how to connect one concept to another. They teach them how to connect what they already know with what they will learn.
- Teach students to infer. Teachers teach students how to infer by giving them examples from the real world. Students can :
– be encouraged to look at a picture, drawing or a certain view, focus on its details and make inferences based on what they can see.
– imagine being in a certain situation or place and draw inferences from what they can visualize.
– Experience a real situation and infer its outcomes. E.g.: wear their raincoats and infer how the weather would be outside.
- Use Graphic Organizers. Graphic organizers provide students with a nice way to frame their thoughts in an organized manner. By drawing diagrams or mind maps, students are able to better connect concepts and see their relationships. This will help students develop a habit of connecting concepts.
- Teach Problem- Solving Strategies. Teachers teach students to use a step-by- step method for solving problems. This way of higher-order thinking will help them solve problems faster and easier.
- Encourage Creative Thinking. Teachers encourage students to invent, imagine, and design what they are thinking of. Teachers use creative senses to help students process, understand information better and think outside of the box.
- Teach students to elaborate their answers. The higher-order thinking are used to enable students understand the concepts and not repeat it or memorize it. Teachers encourage students to elaborate their answers and talk about what they are learning; they ask the right questions that make students explain their answers in more detail, or to answer their questions with a more detailed response.
- Teach QARs. Teachers use the Question-Answer-Relationships to teach students to label the type of question is being used, then use that information to help them formulate an answer. This method helps students
become more aware of the relationship between the information in a text and their prior knowledge.