Thinking and Academic Success Skills (TASS)
From the desk of Judy Potasznik,
Staff Development Teacher
Thinking strategies are the cornerstones that create the ‘integration’ across
all content areas in our curriculum 2.0. 21st century critical
thinking skills are explicitly taught to students in a systematic way.
Each marking period, grade levels concentrate on 2 of the identified TASS.
develop an understanding of critical thinking as an integral part of their
learning. Watch for signs as these skills develop in your student and identify
for them when they are, in fact, thinking critically.
Marking Period 2
K & 1st
Fluency is a creative thinking skill that
focuses on generating multiple responses to a problem or an idea.
who exhibit fluency:
*generate many ideas.
*represent and describe ideas or
solution in a variety of ways.
*generate ideas using multiple
*ask questions in a variety of ways.
Intellectual Risk Taking is an academic success skill that
allows for accepting uncertainty or challenging the norm to reach a goal.
who exhibit intellectual risk taking:
*adapt and make adjustments to meet
challenges when seeking solutions.
*accept uncertainty by sharing ideas,
asking questions or attempting novel tasks.
*challenge self and others to advance
Analysis is a critical thinking skill
described as breaking down a whole into parts that may not be immediately obvious
and examining the parts so that the structure of the whole is understood. There
is a natural connection here to reading and math as well as all other content
who exhibit analysis:
*identify and describe attributes.
*compare by identifying similarities and
*sort and classify into categories.
*identify and describe patterns and the
relationships within patterns.
Metacognition is an academic success skill that
focuses on being aware of one’s own thinking and having the ability to monitor
& evaluate one’s own thinking.
who exhibit metacognition:
the thinking process.
*self-monitor strategies to assess
progress & apply new thinking.
*examine one’s own thoughts and ideas to
identify background knowledge.