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Ways to Boost Critical Thinking

When teaching young people, we are always in the market for new ways to boost their critical thinking. It's one thing to comprehend the reading but it's quite another to really think. This skill can be in all disciplines. Learning to analyze and evaluate situations in order to form a judgment is a skill that evolves into adulthood, so how can we support this growth in our students?
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Ways to Boost Critical Thinking
  • Socratic Teaching

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    criticalthinking.org
    criticalthinking.org
    Jen Jeffers says:
    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.
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    Active Learning Strategies to Promote Critical Thinking

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    Jen Jeffers says:
    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.
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    edweek.org

    Boosting Creative Thinking in Math Class

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    Jen Jeffers says:
    Ok, math teachers…you're part of this conversation too! This is a teacher narrative on how she used math to think about solving problems not just with numbers but with concepts as well. Brilliant!
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    ideaedu.org

    Helping Your Students Develop Critical Thinking Skills

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    Jen Jeffers says:
    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.
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    Teaching Strategies to Promote Critical Thinking

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    Jen Jeffers says:
    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.
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    Teaching critical thinking: An evidence-based guide

    6 minute read
    Jen Jeffers says:
    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.
  • Jen Jeffers says:
    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.
  • Jen Jeffers says:
    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.
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BloomBoard Asks:How can we better support our students in learning to think clearly and rationally about decisions or beliefs? How much does critical thinking really factor into intelligence?