Webb Leveling and Higher Order Thinking


  • 8:30 - 9:00 - What is Webb Leveling?
  • 9:00 - 9:30 - What questions do you ask?
  • 9:30-10:00 - What kinds of questions appear in your curricular materials?
  • 10:00-10:15 - Break
  • 10:15-10:45 - Apply the learnings to create Webb Leveled questions
  • 10:45 - 11:30 - What is Higher Order Thinking? A/B Pyramid
  • Higher Order Thinking activities in action:
    • 11:30 - 12:00 - Socratic Seminar activity
  • 12:00-1:00 - Lunch
    • 1:00-1:45 - Window Pane
    • 1:45-2:15 - Chalk Talk - Making Thinking Visible
    • 2:15-2:30 - Search the Matrix to find an activity to make Thinking Visible
  • 2:30-2:45 - Instructional Strategies you plan to implement
  • 2:45-3:00 - Articles to read in the future
  • 3:00-3:20 - Online resources
  • 3:20 -3:30 - Evaluation

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Webb Leveling and Depth of Knowledge

  • What types of questions do you ask your students? - Green - I ask regularly, Yellow - I ask sometimes, Pink - I rarely ask
  • Webb Level Examples
  • Using your content, find questions asked and determine their level.
  • What level are most of the questions?
  • Now write leveled questions focused on one learning target. Use the handout in the booklet.
Questioning Slides for Elementary
Questioning Slides for MS/HS

Higher Order Thinking Skills - In action

Thinking Self-Assessment

If you could only pick three things that you want your students to understand after their year with you, what would they be?

  • Why are those things worth understanding?
  • What future learning does understanding these three things enable?

What is Higher Order Thinking?

A/B Pyramid

Socratic Seminar #1

Socratic Seminar Ground Rules
Definitions for Higher Order Thinking (included in handout)

Window Pane Activity

Catching Bugs (included in handout)
Window Pane (included in handout)

Visible Thinking Activity - Chalk Talk

What are your ideas, thoughts, wonderings, and questions about helping students think and collaborate?
Thinking Routines Matrix
Making Thinking Visible Videos


Instructional Strategies - Select 3 you plan to use in your classroom to promote Higher Order Thinking

  • Write your 3 instructional strategies on a sticky note
  • Think about how this would promote higher order thinking
  • Inner/Outer Circle - share your thinking
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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)

Online Calculators

Computational Search Engine
Wolfram Alpha

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 - Edsitement.neh.gov

Technology Tools (shared in differentiation training)

Learn more about Higher Order Thinking: TIE Reads

TIE Reads! TIE's Professional Development Library
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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


Eagle Butte Higher Order Thinking Evaluation -