How one might revamp a “Wax Museum” project into something that focuses more on thinking than product.
Differentiation TechniqueUse Specific Perspectives
🏛️ Read The OverviewThinking From *Anything's* Perspective
How a small change, with very little effort on the teacher's part, leads to a delightfully complex task that can suitably challenge students of all ability levels.
🌻 Specific Examples of “Use Specific Perspectives”
Go across disciplines by asking students to write a story about fraction equivalence.
I’ve gotta admit, I’m a sucker for that classic Bloom’s Taxonomy. I really prefer the word “Synthesize” to “Create”. “Create” is so easily abused. We can “create” a list of the 50 states, but that sure isn’t at the top of Bloom’s. “Synthesize,” however, clearly reminds me that my students need to be bringing in […]
We’re going to take the Academic Valentine idea from earlier, and extend it into a full blown love letter – just in time for Valentine’s Day!
What if characters from film or literature dress up like other characters based on some parallel such as: conflict, trait, accomplishment, etc.
It’s essential to teach our students to think flexibly and consider multiple points of view. Flexible thinking leads to product innovation, diplomacy between nations, and advances in science. School, however, often encourages students to settle into a “one right answer” mindset.
Up near the top of Bloom’s taxonomy is “evaluating.” A great use of this level of thinking is to evaluate a character’s ethical choice. But we can go deeper! Let’s ask students to evaluate characters’ actions based on another character’s point of view. To add another layer, we’ll teach kids about philosophers and use their points of view as well.
At our school, 6th graders participate in an annual egg drop. To increase the rigor, I looked for unique scientific roles and came up with three: designing a parachute to slow the egg’s descent, testing materials to pack inside the structure, and developing the structure itself. Each of these roles will be developed into a scientific discipline.
Think Like A Disciplinarian is a method for teaching students to approach concepts from an expert’s point of view. You’ll expose you class to new modes of thinking, teach subject–specific language, and develop questions that delve deeper into problems. As a bonus, students will learn about potential careers.
Like all HM comprehension skills, “Making Inferences” appears yearly beginning in kindergarten, so I know my 6th graders have practiced, and may well have mastered, the skill. To differentiate, I turned to the model of “Thinking Like a Disciplinarian.”