Element 10.5: Ask students to make inferences/draw conclusions from print, visual, and auditory resources
Why is this important?
The research supports the efficacy of minds-on learning across content areas and grade levels. And, we want students to be thinking about what they are learning and how they know what they know. Asking students to make inferences and draw conclusions throughout their learning experiences supports sustained attention and investment in learning and coaches students to expect to be actively engaged. In addition, all of the existing hierarchies of learning categorize making inferences and drawing conclusions as higher order thinking skills (e.g.,DoK, Bloom's Taxonomy, Pickering and Marzano). The learning outcomes required by the Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards, the new Core Art Standards, and other sets of National Standards, require students to be proficient in making inferences and drawing conclusions. Therefore, it is important to teach, model and support practice of these two skills across content areas and grade levels.
See it in action:
After exploring this high impact strategy:
1. What are your most important takeaways?
2. In what ways do you anticipate this will impact or shift your practice?
3. What questions do you have at this point?