Twilight Workshop: HOTting up your lessons (with higher order thinking)

Sabreena Taylor
Experiment with some simple ideas to take a good but low order lesson to the next level by "HOTting" it up with higher order thinking strategies.
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General Description

This course takes the more practical components of my course Maximising Higher Order Thinking in the 21st century classroom to make a 3 hour course.



Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

These will be 3 hour after school sessions

This course contributes to 3.0 professional development hours.


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Session 1: What is higher order thinking and how do I teach it?

1 hour and 30 minutes

This session is an introduction to 6 different types of higher order thinking with sample teaching strategies for each type.

Session 2: Strategies for HOTting up a lesson

30 minutes

In this session we will look at strategies to take lessons from requiring low order to higher order thinking with examples.

Session 3: Workshopping lessons from LOT to HOT

1 hour

Participants will work in faculty or year/stage groups to rework some of their own lessons to add a higher order thinking approach. In the last 10-15 minutes teachers will share how they have HOTted up the lessons.

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About the team

Sabreena Taylor


Sabreena has been a successful consultant with TTA since 2008. Her current roles include providing tailored professional learning and consultancy services in Instructional Practices Inventories (IPI – student cognitive engagement and higher order thinking), strategic planning, school evaluation, change management, classroom practice, ICT and History. In 2015 Sabreena traveled to the United States to train with IPI developer, Professor Emeritus Dr Jerry Valentine of the University of Missouri, and is now the only certified teacher trainer for IPIs in the Asia-Pacific region.

Sabreena is the Professional Learning Consultant- History/Civics and Citizenship as part of the quality assurance team at TTA. Sabreena has presented at both State and National conferences on topics such as user engagement in workplace online learning, augmented reality and using data in schools including Instructional Practices Inventories.

Sabreena’s career in education has been varied, contributing at local, regional and State levels. In her 32 years in education Sabreena has been a head of History, regional Quality Teaching Consultant and Professional Learning and Leadership Coordinator with the Education Department of New South Wales.

Sabreena’s work has included developing online learning, the implementation of the Australian Curriculum and designing and delivering a wide range of courses registered with the NSW Institute of Teachers. Her most recent role was as School Planning and Performance Advisor in the Learning, High Performance and Accountability directorate developing online solutions for effective school planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting.

Sabreena has been able to feed her passion for all things History through forming networks of History teachers, Ancient History HSC marking, developing ICT History resources and, of course, travel. Sabreena has also been Head judge during the standards setting process for the Ancient History HSC.