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Critical thinking and homework


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Critical thinking and homework

  1. 1. Critical Thinking and Homework Katie McKnight, Ph.D. Twitter: @LiteracyWorld Facebook: Katie McKnight Literacy
  2. 2. A Few Questions1. How do your students study?2. What kinds of homework do youtypically assign?3. How do you teach your studentshow to study in your content area?
  3. 3. The BasicsTeach students how to organize their time eachweek.Teach students how to prioritize the tasks thatthey must complete.Teach students to write it down! – Personalorganizers, charts, assignment notebooks.There are some great Web 2.0 organizers likeEvernote and Livebinder
  4. 4. Strategies•  Remember to “front load” information and support the students’ development of new study skills.•  Review and Discuss what the students are assigned to study.
  5. 5. Note Taking•  ABC Brainstorm: Select a topic and/or a vocabulary term and then summarize what they know.•  2-3 Column Notes: Cornell Notes is probably the most used and well known.
  6. 6. As studentsbrainstorminformation, theABC frameworkhelps them organizetheir thoughts.Because a fact orpoint of informationmust be recorded foreach letter of thealphabet, thestudents must digmore deeply toretrieve informationfor this kind ofbrainstorm.
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  9. 9. Terms and VocabularyConcept or Definition MapVocabulary Word Maps
  10. 10. Samples are from: McKnight, K. (2010). The Teachers Big Book of 12Graphic Organizers: 100 Reproducible Organizers that Help Kids withReading, Writing, and the Content Areas. Jossey-Bass.
  11. 11. Samples are from: McKnight, K. (2010). The Teachers Big Book ofGraphic Organizers: 100 Reproducible Organizers that Help Kidswith Reading, Writing, and the Content Areas. Jossey-Bass. 13
  12. 12. Word Detective•  The importance of encouraging students to study words cannot be emphasized enough.•  In this center, students are prompted to research the etymology of words (and content area terms) and connect visual images to the words that they encounter.
  13. 13. Creating Slide Shows •  www.photopeach. com
  14. 14. What are theinstructionalpossibilities of aFakebook page?
  15. 15. Your TurnWhat super cool homeworkassignments do you assign yourstudents?Please turn to 3-4 elbow partners andshare your very best homeworkassignment.
  16. 16. Some Final Reminders About Homework
  17. 17. •  Make sure that the homework can be completed independently (Introducing new content is not a good idea.)•  Homework is an opportunity for students to practice and “play” with the content that they have learned.•  Use technology when possible---HUGE motivator for our teenagers (Edmodo, Blogs, Wikis, Photo Peach, Garage Band, Animoto, Google Docs)•  Use strategies that teach students to become more strategic readers and thinkers.
  18. 18. How to Reach Me•  Email:•  Website:•  Twitter: @literacyworld•  Facebook: Katie McKnight LiteracyFor more materials and updated powerpoint, seemy blog at www.KatherineMcKnight.comand for additional materials. 20