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The Interpretation Key, is a higher order thinking tool, that provides a scaffold for creative thinking and the ability for the student to consider a wide range of consequences. It allows the student/s to describe an unusual situation and then think of different explanations for the existence of that situation.
What aspects of learning are being supported?
- Bloom’s Taxonomy: remembering, understanding, applying, analysing, evaluating, creating
- QT – Intellectual Quality: Deep Knowledge, Deep Understanding, Higher-Order Thinking, Metalanguage, Substantive Communication
- QT – Quality Learning Environment: Explicit Quality Criteria, Engagement, High Expectations, Social Support, Students Self-Regulation, Student Direction
Which apps could I use?
- DEC managed collaborative tools (via Portal): Google Docs, Microsoft Office 365, Adobe Connect.
- Related collaborative tools: Evernote, iCloud, BaiBoard, Note Anytime, Web2Access, Cool Tools for Schools, and Exploratree.
- Analogue collaborative tools: Paper, pens and Postit notes.
How do I use it?
- Provide the students with a higher order thinking task and/or the “big question”. eg: Your neighbour is making large circles in his backyard by pouring sump oil from a can. Some Explanations:
- He is a disguised alien and is sending cryptic messages to his friends in outer space.
- He considers himself to be another Pro Hart, and he will soon be rolling around in the grass, attempting to create an environmental masterpiece.
- He has had a fixation for circles since his childhood.