parent by design:

day 10: higher order thinking skills (HOTS)

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”

- Margaret Mead

what are higher order thinking skills?

Higher order thinking skills (HOTS) involve thinking on a level that is higher than simply remembering, understanding or applying information; it's not what you know- it's what you do with what you know that counts. 

As you can see from the image below HOTS involve analysing, evaluating and creating.

why are they important?

HOTS will help your child do better in school, higher marks are awarded to students who can apply what they know, who can can make connections between different types of information as well as make informed and reasoned judgements. 

HOTS will also help your child to be more successful in whatever they choose to do in their life beyond the classroom.

As you will know from your own life experience, people who can create and add value are always in demand.

Another key workplace skill is being able to think for yourself, make judgements and choices, and either be able to back them up, or persuade people to your point of view.

HOTS will also help your child stand out from their competition and compete in a world where technology, automation and AI reign supreme.

how we build it into our daily routine

We try and ask our kids HOT questions 3 times a day:

  • 1
    After we have watched our morning documentary (day 10), this helps them to DIGEST the raw material using these higher thinking skills.
  • 2
    After they have read in the evening (see day 11).
  • 3
    Our last thing at night question (see day 12).

We've created a little poster we put on our kitchen wall to remind us to ask HOTS questions, it also helps us choose what sort of question to ask.

If we have time we will BRAINSTORM 10 ideas about what we have watched and we  Brainstorming is a great way to cover all 3 HOTS.