Bloom's taxonomy and English language learners by Judie Haynes

Bloom's taxonomy action verbs plus question frames

Revised Bloom's Taxonomy This gives an overview of the revisions, plus the types of knowledge.

How To Increase Higher Order ThinkingBy Alice Thomas, M.Ed. and Glenda Thorne, Ph.D. This article from the Center for Development and Learning provides a general overview of strategies for promoting HOTS.

Higher-Order Thinking page in a Wiki site devoted to student engagement

Brainology Program teaches sudents how the brain functions, learns, and remembers, and how it changes in a physical way when we exercise it. Brainology Demo This is a simple version for elementary grades and ELL appropriate for older learners.

Mindset PowerPoint presentation for teaching young people about the two types of Mindsets for high school. View after Brainology Demo for lower ELD levels: A growth mindset compared to a fixed mindset. The resource includes transcripts for the training modules as well as a summary. Don't miss the cartoons.

Video Gallery on Growth MindsetThis link contains videos that explore how student develop a mindset, how to praise children, and how parents and teachers can develop mindsets that realize students can grow and change their intelligence and talents.

Interviews with Dr. Carol Dweck on how the two mindsets (Fixed Mindset or Growth Mindset) influence behavior and achievement

Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learningby Alix Spiegel, an NPR article and video rec. by

Ramona Asztalos


Concept Attainment Model Concept Attainment is an indirect instructional strategy that uses a structured inquiry process. It is based on the work of Jerome Bruner. In concept attainment, students figure out the attributes of a group or category that has already been formed by the teacher. To do so, students compare and contrast examples that contain the attributes of the concept with examples that do not contain those attributes.

Concept Attainment Explanation with Instructional Steps and Student Handouts
Note: Concept Attainment is very appropriate for ELLs because they learn through the examples and can hypothesis in their one minds as they attain the concepts.

**Concept Attainment Mode**l This PDF file (with a few clarity problems) provides very helpful resources and examples of the model

Concept Development: A Hilda Taba Teaching Strategy Use Inductive Thinking to Develop Concepts. In this model, unlike Concept Attainment, the students generate the list.

Teaching Strategies: Concept Attainment and Concept Development Susan Talkmitt, Texas Tech University T-STEM Center/CISER This resource provides an explanation of concepts as well as both of the models for Inductive thinking with examples.

Video Concept Attainment Mode Vs. Concept Development Model UTube


(Note: Questioning is important in all higher-order-thinking strategies)

.Socratic Seminar This resource provides a summary of the purpose and steps for implementing Socratic Method

Craft the Guiding Question Inquiry-based learning process and examples.

The Question Spinner Use this sample to make a spinner that promotes higher-order-thinking.

Source: Sousa, David A. How the Gifted Brain Learns


Project-based Learning Checklist Checklist to support project-based learning and evaluation

Watch Problem-based Learning in Action Apollo 13 Article and video clip demonstrating Problem-based learning.

Resources for Classroom Debates from Education World with Links to both elementary and secondary .


A Study of Critical Literacy Work with Beginning English Language Learners: An Integrated Approach

Critical Approaches to Literacy Powerpoint Select File, Download original

Critical Literacy Guide Orientation to Critical Literacy in general, but employing critical literacy is a way of promoting diverse perspectives, tapping ELLs Funds of Knowledge, and promoting analytical insight and relevant action.

Teaching Tolerance, a Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center See Lesson plans and free DVDs. Rec. by Miguel Castillo

A place for educators to find thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences in schools


This PowerPoint was developed by Jeanette Gordon to support the use of Analogies in classes with ELLs. It provides visuals to teach the types of word analogies. It also presents the TWA strategy for Teaching With Analogies.