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Secondary ThinkUp! aims to further develop what students learned in elementary while emphasizing critical thinking, exploration, and advanced concepts. As students begin to better understand the world they live in—ThinkUp! inspires students to see content in real-world applications and apply learning in new ways. You can expect the same level of dedication and care to the alignment of standards and focus on critical thinking, no matter the subject or grade level.
Nurture a cross-curricular, global mindset. Expose students to new situations and context that stretches across content-areas. Provide students with topical themes and activities they are interested in that feature different viewpoints and applications to the real world. Enhance comprehension with vocabulary mastery activities that solidify understanding of content-specific terms.
RIGOROUS AND ENGAGING INSTRUCTION AND PRACTICE
Strengthen a critical thinking mindset with the 9 Traits of Critical Thinking. Build on students' foundational knowledge of critical thinking to process and evaluate information at deeper levels, make informed decisions, solve complex problems, and find reasonable solutions. ThinkUp! is flexible enough to be tailored to any district or campus scope and sequence.
CONSISTENT AND DEPENDABLE STANDARDS ALIGNMENT
Standards-first approach to instruction and student practice. Standards drive instruction with thoughtfully chosen content and activities that support an understanding and mastery of standards. ThinkUp! supports the gradual release model of instruction and vertical alignment to prepare students for the challenging, higher-level work they'll meet.
The ThinkUp! Critical Thinking Student Wheels for levels 1–3, 4–5, and 6–12 offer quick-and-easy access to critical thinking stems based on Bloom's Taxonomy. The wheels also feature nine traits when fully applied help students become active and productive thinkers as they face challenges, solve problems, make decisions, and complete tasks.
Team ThinkUp! offers educators and students a common language for critical thinking instruction at the classroom level. This focus is on making thinking visible. Team ThinkUp! encourages students to self-assess their understanding and usage of critical thinking traits during learning.
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