J Taylor Education’s Differentiation Smart Reference Guide: Thinking Skills

By J Taylor Education

The Differentiation Smart Reference Guide from J Taylor Education is a comprehensive and easy-to-use resource for teachers. The concept of differentiation (tailoring the core curriculum to the unique needs of students) is key in cultivating meaningful lessons for students. It begins with explaining what it means to differentiate (using the Depth & Complexity Icons) and then moves on to “Setting the Stage.”

The next flip in the guide is titled “Thinking Skills.” This section of the guide gives teachers an overview of the most essential thinking skills. Thinking skills refers to the portions of curricular tasks that direct how a student will consider content to be learned. Higher level thinking skills may be thought of as a “verb” that activates learning of content. Thinking skills are identified and explained in this section. Additionally, a number of content and grade specific examples are given which pair thinking skills with the Depth and Complexity Icons. Teachers will find themselves continually referring to this reference guide as their students exceed standards throughout the school year.


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