Area Teachers Collaborate to Present Higher Order Thinking Skills to StudentsJune 23rd, 2013 by Submitted
Mary Hobbs, a fourth grade teacher at Drew Central , and Toni Jacobs, a sixth grade teacher at McGehee Elementary recently collaborated to present higher order thinking skills to three classes of students at McGehee Elementary’s Big Top Learning Camp.
The Common Core Standards adopted by schools in Arkansas explicitly call for higher-order thinking skills as a means to achieving career and college readiness for all students.
The students began the class by meeting Scarlett, Mrs. Hobbs’s Miniature Dachshund.
Afterward, the teachers played a game with students called The Color Game that requires students to use higher-order thinking skills and listen to explicit directions in order to keep four colors of paper in the right order. As the game progresses, the directions become more complicated making it increasingly more difficult. Secondly, the students learned to make items out of dollar bills using the process of origami folding. The students’ favorite item to make was a bow tie. Finally, in keeping with the theme of circus, students made dachshunds out of balloons following challenging step-by-step directions. Mrs. Hobbs and Mrs. Jacobs are mother and daughter.
Pictured are Mrs. Jacobs, Mrs. Hobbs (holding Scarlett), Olivia McMahan, and RaiVaeun Young (holding their balloon dachshunds.)