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HOT Skills: Developing Higher-Order Thinking in Young Learners

HOT Skills: Developing Higher-Order Thinking in Young Learners

Author: Steffen Saifer
Product Code: 545561
ISBN: 978-1-60554-556-1
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Published by Redleaf Press New Product

Develop higher-order thinking in young children

Higher-order thinking makes teaching and learning more engaging and intentional, adds intellectual rigor to any curriculum, and aids the development of some important life skills in young learners. Higher order thinking skills are key for success in school and life. Dr. Saifer provides numerous strategies for promoting higher-order thinking effectively across all content areas throughout the day.

Higher order thinking (HOT) entails the mental manipulation of information, whereas lower order thinking (LOT) entails the straightforward use or direct application of information. For example:

  • counting to 10 is a LOT skill; determining that there are 10 more days of school until summer vacation is a HOT skill
  • decoding letter sounds and memorizing site words are LOT skills; understanding what one hears or reads are HOT skills
  • when teachers ask questions such as "What's the name of this shape?" (while holding up a triangular piece of paper), they are eliciting lower order thinking. But, asking students to cut a rectangular piece of paper to make as many triangles as they can, elicits higher order thinking


Just about every teaching and learning activity can be developed or modified to promote one or more types of higher-order thinking skills. Dr. Saifer's strategies can be easily modified to be responsive to a variety of cultures and to meet a range of learning abilities, styles, and intelligences. Just as establishing good nutrition habits early sets the foundation for a healthier life, developing basic-level HOT skills sets the foundation for a more productive and purposeful life.

Age focus: 4-8.
Softbound, 200 pgs.
Available April 2018

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Review by: Bonny Headley, University of Alaska-Anchorage - January 12, 2018
In clear prose, Dr. Saifer addresses the processes by which children learn the critical, but often ignored, skills of higher-order thinking. He provides many examples of good practice, illuminating classrooms of diverse ages, cultures and teaching approaches. This inspiring book will take its proud place on the shelf with other well-thumbed resources.
Review by: Randy Hitz, Portland State University - January 12, 2018
Through a well-developed theoretical background and excellent practical suggestions for teachers, Dr. Saifer addresses the most important educational issue of our time, how to engage students in higher order thinking.  Teachers will find this book immensely useful as they seek to prepare their students to thrive and to advance a just and democratic society.


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