I'm pretty happy about the whole college and career readiness push. The career part is what makes me happy. We've been focusing a lot on those kiddos heading off to college quite a bit. So many others have been left behind. They are behind and lacking critical thinking skills. That's not a great mix.
For quite a while I was bothered by the whole gifted program. We call it GATE around here. The desire to foster critical, deep thinkers has always been a cornerstone in gifted student programs. It's bothered me that it has been something that is restricted to only those students labeled GATE.
I'm thrilled to see that this concept has been pushed to blanket the entire sea of students, regardless of the acronym (or lack thereof) attached to their name.
Regardless of label, I have always expected my kiddos to engage critical, deep thinking tools. With common core, I now have the time to really encourage all of them to dig deep and master the concepts that lead to better understanding. Here are the ways I encourage them to *think*.
Here they are on my white board. I have them up their with magnets stuck to the back so I can take them down and move them wherever I need to if we need to get.a.point.across.
I put together teacher resource with the posters I use in class, plus a few extras. There are various sizes so they will fit into smaller classroom spaces, small group areas. The resource also contains both the black background posters and cards and white background ones.
I like the small ones because they are perfect for those tight spaces and placing on rings for quick reference.
I also love the update to Bloom's Taxonomy. The *newer* order makes a lot more sense to me. I use little cards as a quick reference to help me come up with questions and activities that will help the kiddos engage those higher orders of thinking.
Those Bloom's "Quick Cards" are a FAN FREEBIE on my FACEBOOK page! If you follow me over there you can pick them up.
Check out the entire set of resources by clicking the cover image below.