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What is Higher Order Thinking (HOT)?

 
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Higher Order Thinking essentially means the thinking that takes place in the higher level of hierarchy in the cognitive processing and is based around Bloom’s Taxonomy of thinking skills (1956).

Why is Higher Order Thinking important? Simply put, students that are equipped to think at higher cognitive levels are more likely to retain knowledge and be able to transfer these skills across subjects and into the real world. What can be done to foster higher order thinking at home? Engaging students in discussion about real world events and encouraging the confidence to ask questions is an important step in fostering Higher Order Thinking. Once a child’s interest is spiked they will often start to formulate their own questions to evaluate and analyse the world around them.

Some interesting discussion starters:

  • Real Life Event: Tesla electric cars and rockets
  • “How will be people travel in twenty years from now?”
  • Real Life Event: Winter Olympics and Commonwealth Games
  • “Does sport and fair competition have the ability create a more peaceful world?”
  • Real Life Event: Flat Earther Mike Hughes launches himself 570 meters into the air.
  • “How do you know what you know is true?”

Mr. David Barber
Acting Head of Department - Senior School

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Last reviewed 06 December 2018
Last updated 06 December 2018