HOT Bowl

HOT Bowl (Higher-Order Thinking) prepares students to think together about essential questions. The goal of a HOT Bowl is to engage diverse students in collaboration to work together on big ideas in their class curriculum. Students participating may be from the same classroom or from different classes and even different schools. For example, a history teacher and a communication arts teacher would be able to collaborate and challenge their students to find a way to creatively display an informative historical event or develop answers to a question that relates to both courses.

See the results of one EnTeam program: HOT Bowl – using Higher-Order Thinking skills to help answer the question:
What will heal the divisions that cause the protests in Ferguson?

Possible HOT Bowl question: What ideas could have prevented the Civil War and how could those ideas help us today?

  • Example: a math teacher and a science teacher engage students by integrating concepts from related courses.

Possible HOT Bowl topic: Show ways biologists use algebra in the laboratory.

The Timeline of a HOT Bowl

  • Early in the semester, teachers select a few open-ended questions that will invite students to think creatively about essential elements of their courses.
  • During the semester, the teachers use those questions to frame the course and use the HOT Bowl rubric.
  • At the HOT Bowl, students are organized into small teams of diverse students. They start with a team-building activity that measures cooperative performance. Then, they work together to frame answers to the HOT Bowl questions to present to an audience.
  • Teams of students present their solutions and debrief the experience.

Why HOT Bowl?

  • Educators and teachers work together to reinforce each other’s curriculum.
  • Administrators and community partners build skills in collaboration and show students how to improve their ability to bring out the best in each other.
  • Students take more responsibility for learning because they feel more competent.
  • Schools increase the number of students who master the curriculum and graduate.