New Items: January 15, 2018

Writing Multiple-Choice questions for Higher-Order Thinking

Video: Teaching Higher-Order Thinking Skills

53 Ways to Check for Understanding
10 Tips for Creating Common Formative Assessments
Developing Higher-Order Thinking Questions
PISA Sample Questions

Survey 2018

Revised Items: November 9, 2017

Standard University Math Class: How to Learn Math, For Students

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Achieve the Core: Coherence Map

Find the connections between the K-8 Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

Assessment Information: All Things Assessment

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56 Examples of Formative Assessment
10 Innovative Formative Assessment Examples

Math Resources:

Questions Sentence Starters

Questions aligned to the 8 Standards of Math Practice

My Favorite No

Types of assessment:

Rick Wormeli
Summative vs. Formative
Redos, Retakes, and Do-overs
Standards-based Grading
How Much Should Homework Count?
Re-dos, Retakes, and Do-overs, Part 2
Defining Mastery
Late Work

Webb Leveling
How do we create rich environments where all students learn at a high level? One useful tool, Webb Levels, can help teachers meet that challenge. Depth of Knowledge (DoK) categorizes tasks according to the complexity of thinking required to successfully complete them.
Webb Levels


Webb Leveling and Depth of Knowledge

  • What types of questions do you ask your students?
  • Webb Level Examples
  • Using your content, find questions asked and determine their level.
  • What level are most of the questions?

Articles to read: Encouraging Higher Order Thinking in The Classrooms

Online Resources for Integrating Higher Order Thinking into the Classroom

Google Drive Examples of Seminars you might want to use:

Subscription e-resources: direct access inside school and barcode/password access at home. Will bring barcode and password for your school
South Dakota State Library e-resources(complete listing)
Specific resources to look at today:
SIRS Discoverer (K-8+)
SIRS Issues Researcher (6-12+)

Free resources
CK12 (heavy math and science, adding others all the time) (K-12)
Gooru (varied lessons K12)
OpenEd (was all free; purchased by ACT, some premium)
Khan Academy (heavy math and science)
Learn Zillion (math and ELA) (elementary)
DK FindOut!
Mystery Science (free for 1 year; some teachers have purchased subscriptions in the district)

Self-Evaluate Writing
Analyze My Writing

Primary Sources
Primary Sources Analysis Tool (Library of Congress)
Teacher's Guides for the Analysis Tool (Library of Congress)
Primary Sources resources (images, newspapers, lesson plans + more)
Tools for Analyzing Primary Resources and Close Reading -

Technology Tools (shared in differentiation training)

Learn more about Higher Order Thinking: TIE Reads

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More on Socratic Seminars:
Assessing Higher Order Thinking
Socratic Seminar Rubrics
Rubric Examples

Socratic Seminar #3
Socratic Seminar Ground Rules
Responsibilities of PARTICIPANTS in the Inner-Circle and the Outer-Circle

Socratic Seminars: Ideas and Examples