The author: Lynn Epstein, MS, ASHA certified speech language pathologist with over 25 years of clinical experience in child language and communication development. How Do You Know? is based on successful strategies and lessons used with thousands of students to strengthen communication and reasoning skills..
How Do you Know? app correlates with the core curriculum for speaking and listening standards.
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How Do You Know? app is part of the UK Educational App Curriculum Gateway. The app was reviewed by teachers and certified to have curriculum relevance and fits with the new national curriculum and specific learning objectives.
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How Do You Know? app is an effective tool to practice and reinforce critical thinking skills. Children use a language framework to practice verbal reasoning by answering “how” questions and explaining the inferences they made. While playing, students learn how to answer questions with relevant information and associated vocabulary.
Reasoning and critical thinking are necessary skills for meeting core curriculum standards and competence across the curriculum. Students engaged in critical thinking must make associations that connect problems with their prior knowledge (Pellegrini, 1995). Research shows questioning prompts students to engage in a research process that fosters higher-order thinking skills and social-moral attitudes (Daniel et al., 2005). Difficulty answering wh- questions affects a child academically, linguistically, and socially. (Parnell, 1986). Lessons that explicitly teach students how to explain what they know are effective training tools in advancing critical thinking skills. (Abrami et al 2008).
How Do You Know? Building Critical Thinking & Inferential Skills
Purpose: To build and strengthen language and verbal reasoning skills. Students learn to answer “Wh” & “How” questions with key details and relevant information. They practice making inferences using a language framework to identify and label visual clues to explain how they know! Studies reveal that critical thinking, like making inferences, are essential to meet core curriculum standards and to understand what's going on in both the classroom and social situations. See below for related research.
How Do You Know targets the following language goals
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