Practice Five

Practice 5

Critical Thinking Skills Are Taught.

 Implementation Basics |  Practice #5 Implementation Evaluation and Goal Setting 
  Life Principles, Expectations, and Quotes |  Hand Sign for Practice #5 
  Practice Connections |  Characteristics of Implementation with Online Resources 
 Research |  Literature |  Poetry |  Vocabulary |  Music & Video Links |  Videos 
 General Resource Websites |  Learning Strategies 

“The purpose of critical thinking is rethinking: that is, reviewing, evaluating, and revising thought.”

-- Jon Stratton 

Implementation Basics

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Practice #5 Implementation Evaluation And Goal Setting

Goal Setting Process Documents: 

Complete set of Goal Setting Process Explanation, Forms and Examples for all grade levels 

 

 Click icon for quick access to multiple GE RESOURCES

Click icon for quick access to multiple web resources containing lesson plans, tools for learners, etc.

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Life Principles, Expectations, And Quotes

Life Principles: Perseverance Problem-solving Curiosity (Links to multiple resources)

 Eight Expectations: Resources include printable posters of Expectation, a printable quote, and sections for literature, vocabulary, music and videos, an introductory activity, a cooperative structure, sign language, self-reflection, celebrations, and a brain break. Each allows for selection of appropriate grade level material: Elementary, Middle, and High School. 

We will recognize every effort and applaud it.

(printable poster)

We will encourage each other to do our best.

(printable poster)

Quotes: (Resource Sheets of quotes and links to printable posters)

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” - Albert Einstein
>(printable poster)

Basic Tenets, Eight Expectations, and 17 Practices - All three in one document

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Hand Signs For Practice Five

Click on links to see brief video clips of hand sign.

Practice - Make a palm down ‘A’  and move it back and forth across the left index finger.

Five - May be done palm in or out

Sign Language for 7 Question Stems  - Use sign language to add a nonverbal component to questioning strategies.  - Includes signs for Who, What, When, Where, Why, Which, and How

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Practice Connections

Practice #5 Connections - list of other 17 Practices that are connected to Practice #5

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Practice Five Characteristics Of Implementation

Practice #5 Characteristics of Implementation  - Includes links to online resources to assist in implementation under each characteristic.

1. Use brain-friendly teaching strategies including novelty, movement, actions, and music to engage learners’ brains. Change activities frequently within the learning times. Allow time for processing new or difficult information.

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2. Use wisdom literature that encourages learners to draw conclusions, analyze cause and effect, examine opposite points of view, evaluate circumstances, weigh consequences, etc.

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3. Create opportunities for learners to use team-building and to engage in cooperative learning activities. Academic conversations are promoted and can be used as one type of formative assessment.

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4. Design integrated learning that weaves critical thinking strategies into the content and extension activities. Use a quote or metaphor as a “hook” or “thread” for learning new material. Use authentic projects and assessments requiring higher order thinking and reflection allowing learners to present their conclusions.

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5. Encourage questions!

  • Begin instruction with thought-provoking question/s.
  • Encourage learners to create/ask questions.
  • Facilitate discussions by using open-ended questions.

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6. Work with colleagues to plan cross-curricular lessons. Select themes that integrate core subjects allowing learners to experience real life connections.

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7. Set high expectations; use motivation and encouragement and praise for efforts. Instruct and systematically practice the skills required for any task the learner is asked to do.

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Research

Practice #5 Research Resources 

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Literature

Implementation Online Resources:

 “What Next? “ By Christy Sheffield This is a children's book with full-page color illustrations. The story takes readers to a different time and place and introduces them to an enjoyable set of high school classmates who are persistent in handling the challenges that come their way. Their problem-solving tactics include identifying the specific details of their problem, making use of the resources at hand, keeping the unexpected from derailing their efforts, using teamwork, preparing in advance for unexpected difficulties, and asking “What next?” when they encounter difficulties. Everyone faces circumstances that can be characterized as problems, but not everyone consistently arrives at effective and satisfying solutions to difficult life situations. Children need to understand that it is within their capability to develop the appropriate steps to take in order to arrive at satisfactory outcomes when they encounter problems. Problem-solving skills will serve them well as students and will eventually make them valuable employees and competent members of society.

Educator:

Learner:

Eight Expectations: Resources include printable posters of Expectation, a printable quote, and sections for literature, vocabulary, music and videos, an introductory activity, a cooperative structure, sign language, self-reflection, celebrations, and a brain break. Each allows for selection of appropriate grade level material: Elementary, Middle, and High School.

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Poetry

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Vocabulary

Word Wall Vocabulary: Metacognition  Convergent  Divergent   Cognitive  Analysis Logic Synthesis  Solution

  “Problem Solving in Action”

 Brainstorm words that describe how problem-solving looks, sounds, and feels. In pairs create a list of 10 words that describe problem-solving.

 Join another pair, share lists, and add any new words. Join another group of 4 and repeat. The end result will be a list to be posted in the room for use and reflection.

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Music And Video Links

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Videos

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General Resource Websites

  • National Science Digital Library - The National Science Digital Library (NSDL) was created by the National Science Foundation to provide organized access to high quality resources and tools that support innovations in teaching and learning at all levels of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. NSDL is a digital library of exemplary resource collections and services, organized in support of science education at all levels. Educators may search for level PK - 12+ for FREE digital resources. Compatible for making assignments directly to Google Classroom.
  • The Right Questions Institute - Resource for the classroom with downloads
    • Also see Right Questions - Educational Leadership - An Explanation of the process
  • YSA - Youth Service America - Youth Changing the World website with organizational tools for involving youth in service projects.
  • The Futures Channel Lesson Plans - Lesson plans by Kay Toliver applying math concepts

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Learning Strategies

Learning Strategies for Critical Thinking - Includes multiple classroom-ready tools for integrating critical thinking in instruction and daily routines.

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