HITS (High Impact Teaching Strategies) and HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Strategies) is an essential teaching reference.This resource can be used in conjunction with Bounce Back!, a positive education approach to wellbeing, resilience and social-emotional learning.
Evidence based teaching and social and emotional learning is an integral aspect of the Australian Curriculum, as is ongoing professional teacher development. This is a practical resource from well-known authors Helen McGrath and Toni Noble based on extensive educational research which encourages student engagement, learning and social development.
Hits and Hots help students to:
The strategies meet the challenge of teaching in the twenty-first century by teaching general student capabilities such as literacy, critical and creative, thinking skills, personal and social capabilities and ethical and intercultural understandings.
For school leaders this resource provides a professional learning opportunity to enhance teacher skills and knowledge of evidence based teaching strategies. A sustained focus on HITS and HOTS can be supported by coaching, modelling, peer observation and feedback to ensure the establishment of a professional learning community where there is widespread use of evidence based teaching strategies in the school.
Professional Learning Communities
Teachers sharing how they have implemented different HITS and HOTS can foster a powerful collaborative approach to effective teaching and learning across a whole school which can build teacher capacity and improve student achievement.
The accompanying online resources contain: