Could the answer to this academic query lie in the wisdom of the past? Socratic teaching is still one of the most powerful tactics in developing critical thinking and may be one of the most effective ways to offer questions rather than answers. Leading students towards thinking rather than placing prescribed ideas in their minds is one of the many strategies offered by this method.
Let's take a look at how critical thinking presents in various disciplines, shall we? It's not just in the world of humanities that this skill must thrive…math and even PE can be included. In the name of student intellect, teachers in all areas need to embrace the art of less lecture and more student involvement.
Sometimes even teachers need some visuals to better understand concepts. This academic paper recommends some theoretically grounded and empirically supported ways for teachers to improve the development of student thinking. Not only is it thorough and intelligent, it provides images that link the steps together and creates a graphic of the underpinnings.
Given the recent debate around the Common Core and the verboten "teaching to the test," fostering critical thinking in our students rather than offering them skills to master tests has become…well, critical! This outstanding piece really explores exact ways this can be done in a classroom setting. How do you teach critical thinking in your classroom? If you're not sure, you definitely want to read this.
Although this article is geared towards parents, it has lots of valuable information for teachers interested in helping their students become better problem-solvers. Much of the work behind critical thinking happens in the classroom while larger subjects are being explored, so understanding exactly how to target critical thinking in the curriculum is a just a win-win.
This book is a brilliant piece in the larger discussion around critical thinking in school. It considers important questions around student learning and teacher expectations while providing fascinating information about the brain and how children actually learn. Well worth the read.
Before moving into the discussion on critical thinking, it's important to first define what it is. You will find some tips here for not only understanding the term well but also implementing an approach with students that will allow a motivated person to develop their thinking more thoroughly.