It’s Saturday, and another school week is in the books. Time to reflect on the week that was, and recharge for the next challenge.
I only had a two-day working week, and only one of those days was a teaching day. Of course, this isn’t actually due to a miracle… it’s because I’d been bedridden with a cold from Monday through to Wednesday.
I had a Professional Development day on Friday, with a really engaging and informative gentleman named Eric Frangenheim. He ran a great workshop on how to push students to live and breathe at the Higher Order Thinking skill level. His idea was that all it takes is for the student to actually know what the task verb means, because once they know what it means, they can then use a range of task verb thinking tools to help undertake the task. These can be something as simple as a fishbone scaffold, or a SWOT analysis. It doesn’t have to be anything too involved because in the end, if it is too difficult for the student to remember and use during an exam, then the tool hasn’t served its purpose. However, the bottom line is this: it must be a culture that is ingrained into the students, or else it won’t work.