Higher-order thinking is the ability to think beyond rote memorization of facts or knowledge. Higher order thinking skills involve actually doing something with the facts that we learn.
When students use their higher order thinking skills that means they understand, they can find connections between many facts, they can manipulate them, and put them together in new ways.
When children first learn to read, much of their effort is focused on decoding and pronouncing each word correctly.
While this kind of phonetic interpretation is essential, in order to become proficient readers students have to be able to understand the meaning of what they read.
Reading comprehension involves the ability to not only read the lines but also the abstract step of “reading between the lines.” However, the next crucial step involves higher order thinking that takes reading between the lines one step farther. Higher-order thinking skills enable students to do this and find the real value in the information they are reading.
Students with poor reading comprehension skills lack adequate ability to truly understand the many facets of what they are reading.Help students think beyond the story by asking what could have been done differently for a better outcome.This invites creative thinking and problem solving – skills essential in a competitive market place.Processing the information presented in the text is hard for them.They also find it difficult to connect new ideas to previously learned facts and they haven’t learned to implement higher order thinking skills so they can analyze, synthesize, and evaluate new knowledge.This program prepares the student to advance to basic vocabulary and reading lessons in Reading Level 1.Level 1: Beginning and intermediate readers will think about word meanings and proper sequencing of thoughts through beginning reading comprehension exercises.In the 1950s, Benjamin Bloom, an educational psychologist, and his colleagues developed a classification system identifying different levels of cognition that defined both lower and high order thinking.The six levels within the cognitive domain are from lower to higher: knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.Students will enjoy a fun and challenging atmosphere while improving both reading and thinking skills.These programs were developed to help students to meet the ever-increasing demand for critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary for success in higher education and future employment opportunities.