Questioning to Promote Higher Order Thinking How does questioning promote higher order thinking? Higher order thinking skills are more than just memorizing facts. It is the ability to take what they know and apply their knowledge (both past and current) in a convention of ways. As it was brought out in the article (Tankersley, 2005), higher order thinking skills are not evidently taught as well as the other reading skills. Teachers tend to focus more on a student developing these skills as more and more students are missing key components in their overall reading comprehension skills. Most jobs today require employees to go above understanding and having knowledge. Workers must be able to use higher order thinking skills to perform various duties revolving around analyzing, synthesizing, evaluating, and interpreting. By teachers activating a student’s higher order thinking skills they are able to teach to child to be creative and better problem solvers, which can translate throughout all content areas.