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HIGHER ORDER THINKING SKILLS. When we talk about HOTS "higher-order thinking skills" we're concentrating on the top three levels of Bloom's Taxonomy: analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Questions that tap higher level thinking. Asking "Good" Questions to Promote Higher Order Thinking Skills.

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higher order thinking skills

HIGHER ORDER THINKING SKILLS

When we talk about HOTS "higher-order thinking skills" we're concentrating on the top three levels of Bloom's Taxonomy: analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.

asking good questions to promote higher order thinking skills
Asking "Good" Questions to Promote Higher Order Thinking Skills

To increase higher order thinking:

  • How did you get that answer?
  • Can you explain your thinking?
  • What makes that tricky?
  • What would happen if…?
  • What words in the story prove that?
  • Can you give an example of that?
bloom s taxanomy
BLOOM’S TAXANOMY

Higher Order Thinking Skills, also called critical thinking skills categorizes lesson activities and questions into a pyramid. HOTS are categorized from the top down, in order of skill required and educational value of question type.

  • Evaluation - Making decisions 
  • Synthesis - Using information in new ways to create new things
  • Analysis - Identifying components 
  • Application - Using information to solve given problems 
  • Comprehension - Restating, paraphrasing, summarizing
  •  Knowledge - Rote fact recall (These are on the bottom because they are both the most common and least effective)