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Teaching 21 Thinking Skills for the 21st Century: The MiCOSA Model

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*21st Century Demands and Skills contextualize the work and are referenced throughout the book through MiCOSA's concepts, case scenarios, and strategies.

*21 Thinking Skills are thoroughly explained and illustrated.  They enable students to successfully access content and standards, and to develop critical thinking needed in the 21st century.  The authors have teacher-tested each skill, individually and often in combination, in real classrooms.

*The Mediation Framework provides the teacher with dialogues and interactions that help students develop depth in and ownership of the thinking skills, and then use or transfer them from one context to another.

*The Common Core State Standards are integrated throughout--in classroom examples, through finding thinking skills in standards, by understanding Big Ideas and essential questions, and of course in lesson planning.  Teachers are able to see how MiCOSA's 21 thinking skills connect to and support those standards.

*Over 200 Classroom Strategies support the integration of thinking skills into lessons
and activities. Multiple suggestions to support each thinking skill make it easier
for teachers across content and grade levels to select helpful ideas for their own
 classrooms. Strategies build on familiar techniques and introduce many new ones,
supporting gradual integration into the classroom. They are found in the book as
well as in PDToolkit.
21 MiCOSA Thinking Skill Cards and Posters each provide a graphic representation
to support understanding. The cards provide sentence starters to help students begin
to bridge and transfer the thinking skill. They can be downloaded from PDToolkit to
support, reinforce, and bridge student learning across content areas. The posters can
be placed around the classroom to remind students of the thinking skills they may be
using or may want to access in any lesson or project.
*Case Examples from Real Classrooms illustrate and help teachers relate to the
 concepts. All student examples are drawn from real classroom experiences.
*Video Clips show classroom examples of teachers using many of the concepts
 discussed. Throughout the text, icons direct the reader to specific video examples
that are available on PDToolkit. Video examples help “make it real,” allowing teachers
to picture how someone else does it, and then envision how they themselves might
mediate or introduce a given skill into their own lessons.
*Ideas for Working Effectively with Culturally Diverse Students are central to the
model, as well as to 21st century skills of multicultural competence and global
awareness.
*Up-to-Date Assessment Ideas are integrated into and complement the model.
In addition, MiCOSA includes unique assessments to support both the teacher
and students in evaluating student strengths and challenges with each of the
thinking skills.
*The MiCOSA Lesson Planning Guides, both short and long versions, help teachers
integrate thinking skills, standards, assessment, attention to diversity, and strong
 content. Lesson planning draws the map for the teacher, and helps teachers
 incorporate and track all the key components of the model.
*Teacher Reflection During Reading. As each thinking skill is introduced and
 illustrated, teachers are asked to think of a student who might perform better if
he or she was more efficient with that skill: “My example: Think of a student who
is inefficient with ______________.” Then, following a discussion of various
ways to mediate that skill or issue, we ask the teacher to reflect, “How might I
mediate ______________ [the student they named above] .”
* A Scaffolded Guide to Getting Acquainted with MiCOSA outlines a process for
teachers using the book to learn and practice the model. It can be used individually,
in teams, or as a whole school across the year, and provides supporting materials.

Teaching 21 Thinking Skills for the 21st Century: The MiCOSA Model, gives K-12 teachers, administrators, staff development coordinators, and school psychologists practical, hands-on help for developing students’ thinking skills across the curriculum and shows educators how to help students use the information they gain to solve problems and innovate new solutions in today’s diverse and challenging classrooms and world. The book details 21 essential and critical thinking skills, using case examples from real classroom and multiple video clips to illustrate the concepts, and includes over 100 classroom strategies to augment and support the examples of the mediation presented in the MiCOSA Model.

Table of Contents

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PART I:  CONTEXTUAL AND CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORKS

 

CHAPTER 1.    THE MiCOSA MODEL and ITS 21ST CENTURY CONTEXTS 

                   21st Century Contexts

                   Introducing the MiCOSA Model

                   Core Components of the MiCOSA Model

                  

PART II:  CRITICAL COMPONENTS OF THE MiCOSA MODEL

 

CHAPTER 2.    PRIOR KNOWLEDGE and CULTURAL GROUNDING

                    The Power of Personal Narrative

                    Activating and Using Prior Knowledge and Cultural Grounding

                    Motivation, Mediation, and Meaning in Diverse Classrooms

                    Supporting the Development of Your Own Story

                  

CHAPTER 3.   MEDIATING CONVERSATIONS for ENHANCED THINKING

                   Intent and Reciprocity

                   Mediating Meaning

                   Bridging Thinking

                   Guiding Self-Regulation

                   Building Competence

                  

CHAPTER 4.   THINKING SKILLS for GATHERING INFORMATION

                   Systematic Search

                   Focus and Attention

                   Labels, Words, and Concepts

                   Multiple Sources

                   Position in Space

                   Position in Time

                   Precision and Accuracy

 

CHAPTER 5. THINKING SKILLS for TRANSFORMING INFORMATION

                   Goal Setting

                   Planning

                   Comparing

                   Ordering, Grouping, and Categorizing

                   Finding Connections and Relationships

                   Visualizing

                   Inferring

                   Cause and Effect -- Hypothesizing

                   Summarizing

 

CHAPTER 6.    THINKING SKILLS for COMMUNICATING INFORMATION

                   Labels, Words, and Concepts

                   Precision and Accuracy

                   Appropriate Pragmatics

                   Feedback for Self-Regulation

                   Collaboration

         

PART III:  IMPLEMENTING MiCOSA

 

CHAPTER 7.    CONTENT, CURRICULUM, and STANDARDS: FINDING the THINKING SKILLS and WRITING OBJECTIVES

                   Locating Explicit Thinking Skills

                   Locating Implicit Thinking Skills

                   Thinking Skills Underlying Common Terms in Standards

                   Finding Patterns in Standards

                   From Standards to Thinking Skills and Content Objectives

 

CHAPTER 8.   TEACHING for TRANSFER: GETTING to the BIG IDEAS

                   Differentiating Near and Far Transfer of Learning

                   Understanding and Using Big Ideas

                   Teaching for Transfer with MiCosa

 

CHAPTER 9     THE POWER of ASSESSMENT

                  What Assessments Inform Student Understanding?

                  Supporting Student Involvement in Assessment

                  Using Feedback in Formative Assessment

                  A Synthesis of the Assessment Components

 

CHAPTER 10   LESSON PLANNING: PULLING IT ALL TOGETHER

                   MiCOSA'S Teacher's Guide to Planning Instruction

                   MiCOSA Lesson Planning Formats

                   Self-Evaluation

 

 PART IV:  MOTIVATING TOMORROW'S LEARNING

 

 CHAPTER 11   ENGAGING EXPECTATIONS and PROMOTING RESILIENCE

                   Teacher Expectations and Student Resilience

                   Raising Student Self-Expectations

                   Expectations of Parents: Re-Thinking Parent Involvement

 

APPENDIX  A    LIST OF STRATEGIES THAT SUPPORT the MiCOSA MODEL

 

APPENDIX  B    MiCOSA STUDENT THINKING SKILLS SURVEY

 

APPENDIX  C    STUDENT THINKING SKILLS ORGANIZER

 

APPENDIX  D    PARENT/TEACHER THINKING SKILLS INTERVIEW/QUESTIONNAIRE

 

 

  

 

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