How do we change our curriculums from memorization of facts to higher level thinking curriculums?
One way is to ask questions that require our students to compare and contrast. How is the American Revolution like the French Revolution? How is it different? How does the Spanish present tense compare to the Future tense?
Another way is to ask questions that ask our students to explain the consequences of some act. For example, Science classes can explore the implications of every American home using five compact bulbs on the energy use for the nation.
In a third technique students evaluate a situation. Which of these solutions is better and why? Math students can figure out which of three loans will be a better financial deal and explanation their reasoning.
Students will still know the basic but more important, they will be able to use the basic information in higher level thinking.
How do you cause you students to engage in higher level thinking?