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How Emotional Connections Can Trigger Creativity and Learning | MindShift

How Emotional Connections Can Trigger Creativity and Learning | MindShift | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it

Scientists are always uncovering new ways into how people learn best, and some of the most recent neuroscience research has shown connections between basic survival functions, social and emotional reactions to the world, and creative impulses.

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Students’ social and emotional reactions to learning are imperative to feeling motivated to learn and to their ability to creatively solve problems, according to Mary Helen Immordino-Yang,

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That is one great thing about FACEBOOK AND TWITTER, it forms connections and inspires people to "DO" and "ACT".

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The Australian Curriculum v7.0 Critical and creative thinking - Learning continuum

The Australian Curriculum v7.0 Critical and creative thinking - Learning continuum | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it

In the Australian Curriculum, students develop capability in critical and creative thinking as they learn to generate and evaluate knowledge, clarify concepts and ideas, seek possibilities, consider alternatives and solve problems. Critical and creative thinking are integral to activities that require students to think broadly and deeply using skills, behaviours and dispositions such as reason, logic, resourcefulness, imagination and innovation in all learning areas at school and in their lives beyond school.

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Check out the Learning Continuum for step-by-step Inquiry Process...starting with 'posing questions'!

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Connected Learners: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Global Classroom

Connected Learners: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Global Classroom | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it

Written by a team of 27 students at Sandvika High School (Oslo, Norway), with support from teacher Ann Michaelsen, Connected Learners: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Global Classroom is a unique compendium of stories, advice and how-to articles designed to help high school teachers and their students around the globe shift from classrooms that are isolated and teacher-centered to digitally rich environments where learning is student-driven and constantly connected to the global internet.

 

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Project-based learning at its best...this book represents the culmination of a student learning project supported by English teacher and international blogger Ann Michaelsen,

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Innovative Practice: 5 Strategies for the Early Learning Classroom

Innovative Practice: 5 Strategies for the Early Learning Classroom | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Project- and play-based learning are essential in the early grades to develop creative learning dispositions during the brain's most active period of synaptic growth.
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Wise words here, "A strong house must be built upon a solid foundation. We must nurture children's minds in early learning through play, wonder, imagination, and exploration to ensure success as they move forward in their learning careers" ...and not just for early learners!

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Does Your Classroom Tell a Story?

Does Your Classroom Tell a Story? | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Bringing objects and props into your classroom can create a world of curiosity and wonder for you and your students.
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Great questions to ask of your learning space..."Do you have mystery objects that attract the curiosity of students, leading them to ask questions and that foster meaningful conversations? Is your classroom visually stimulating for the students?

Does it cultivate creativity, and more importantly, is it filled with objects, images and even props that help your students learn, even when they think they're not learning?"

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What’s Going on Inside the Brain Of A Curious Child?

What’s Going on Inside the Brain Of A Curious Child? | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
New research suggests that curiosity triggers chemical changes in the brain that help students better understand and retain information.
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Curiosity...one of my favourite topics! Why? In my experience, when kids are curious, they’re much more likely to stay engaged. Read on if you're 'curious' to know why?

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Using Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor

Using Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Norman Webb's Depth of Knowledge Levels is a system that categorizes tasks according to the complexity of thinking required to successfully complete them.
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Critical thinking and deep rigour...are your students thinking and reflecting about their learning?

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Charles Fischer's curator insight, November 15, 1:11 PM

I love Webb's Depth of Knowledge and definitely prefer it over Bloom's.  Both tools are great, though, for making sure that you are asking a variety of questions that probe for a complex variety of answers.

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10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking

10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it

Students must be engaged and cooperation must be practiced, and often. The following team-building games can promote cooperation and communication, help establish a positive classroom environment and — most importantly — provide a fun, much-needed reprieve from routine.

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Are you grooming the next generation of little humans to succeed in the “real world"? Daily Literacy and Numeracy skills should incorporate opportunities for students to also practice cooperation, collaboration and communication....here are some fun games to get the 'Collaborative Critical Thinking' juices flowing... 

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Critical Thinking Pathways

Critical Thinking Pathways | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
To teach critical thinking, consider applying six definitions of that discipline to the practices of authentic inquiry, PBL, and integrated studies.
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A very interesting read about one of my favourite topics (and it seems, everyone else's...)"Critical thinking is trendy these days. With 6.3 million hits resulting from a Google search -- six times "Bloom's Taxonomy" -- its importance is undeniable. Worldwide, critical thinking (CT) is integrated into finger-painting lessons, units on Swiss immigrants, discussions of Cinderella, and the Common Core State Standards. In short, critical thinking is more beloved than Egyptian cotton"

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INCIDENTAL COMICS: Conflict in Literature

INCIDENTAL COMICS: Conflict in Literature | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
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Interesting conversation starter, research inquiry or debating topic...

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Teachers are Learning Designers

Teachers are Learning Designers | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller, inspired by Sir Ken Robinson's metaphor that teachers are like gardeners, reviews the skills teachers need to design fruitful learning conditions: empower yourself, stop blaming students, and revise and reflect.
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Such a wonderful analogy: teachers and gardeners...creating/designing conditions for success...Once again, such wonderful insight and words of wisdom from Sir Ken Robinson to empower teachers to achieve great things

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How Much Sleep Do Creative Geniuses Need?

How Much Sleep Do Creative Geniuses Need? | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Check out this neat visual showing how the most creative people in history slept.
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How many hours sleep do you average each night? How many creative students in your classroom?

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What Students Will Learn In The Future

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What Students Will Learn In The Future
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Interesting list of learning...will teacher-training reflect this? what will you teach?
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 29, 1:39 PM

I am re-reading Whitehead's Aims of Education and some of these ideas are included i.e. patterns, systems, and design. Dewey wrote about citizenship extensively and Gadamer used the term eloquent questions. All three suggested teaching and learning were forms of research.

 

My point is some of this is not new. It might be new the way they are applied, but the ideas have been around for some time. We need clear and elegant communication about their meaning today.

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Visible Thinking

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The core routines are a set of seven or so routines that target different types of thinking from across the modules. These routines are easy to get started with and are commonly found in Visible Thinking teachers' toolkits. Try getting started with with one of these routines.

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Fantastic thinking routines for Inquiry Learning...to encourage your students to pose questions, wonder and explore. Start with the See, Think, Wonder activity. 

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The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies

The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
How to use open-ended, close-ended, and a double question technique to inspire deeper thinking in your students.
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Posing questions can feature in all learning areas...check out the AC Critical Thinking Continuum to see the developmental scope of questioning as part of the Inquiry Process.

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UnGoogleable Questions in the classroom. A first step. | Mister Foale is learning

UnGoogleable Questions in the classroom. A first step. | Mister Foale is learning | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
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A very creative way to introduce a student-led inquiry...with 'unGoogleable' questions using Bloom's taxonomy.

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How Teachers Can Restore Students' Right to Wonder | MiddleWeb

How Teachers Can Restore Students' Right to Wonder | MiddleWeb | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Stop asking all the questions in your classroom and usurping the "right to wonder" by teaching students to ask deeper Bloom's-friendly questions of their own.
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So many reasons why every teacher should read this article...posing questions is an essential skill for our students to harness their curiosity and wonder...too much 'teacher talk' limits classroom opportunities for critical and creative thinking.

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Charles Fischer's curator insight, November 22, 6:35 PM

I love the idea of the "Right to Wonder!" Students definitely need opportunities to think and wonder, to follow their quest-ions. Socratic seminar is a perfect place to practice!

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Critical thinking includes Reflection: 40 questions to reflect on your learning

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Critical thinking includes reflectiNG on your learning...here are 40 questions via Edutopia

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Inspire Thoughtful Creative Writing Through Art

Inspire Thoughtful Creative Writing Through Art | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Through transmediation (or observation, analysis, and creation), students can use the experience of studying a piece of visual art as a creative writing prompt.
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Creative thinking through The Arts is a very practical, fun and innovative way of integrating the Australian Curriculum: General Capabilities.

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Curriculum & Leadership Journal | Skills for the 21st Century: teaching higher-order thinking

Curriculum & Leadership Journal | Skills for the 21st Century: teaching higher-order thinking | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it

 Skills

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ALL teachers (and parents) should read this...What are we talking about when we talk about ‘higher-order thinking’?

"In critical thinking, being able ‘to think’ means students can apply wise judgment or produce a reasoned critique. The goal of teaching is then to equip students to be wise by guiding them towards how to make sound decisions and exercise reasoned judgment..."

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The Importance Of Critical Thinking

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Source: www.eftbrisbane.com | Original Post Date: January 3, 2009 - Critical thinking is an incredibly important skill. We use this skill (or ought to) in every aspect of our lives every single day. Although it’s an important part of academic and business success, it’s not often taught at school unless it’s part of a math, science, …
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This is a great infographic..."The basic definition of critical thinking is the ability to take information and make informed decisions without being influenced by your own opinions. Critical thinking is all about being in control of your own thought processes rather than letting them take control of you. It’s also about being able to think your way through the really tightly-targeted and clearly-honed messages that commercial interests bombard you with at every opportunity"

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249 Bloom's Taxonomy Verbs For Critical Thinking

249 Bloom's Taxonomy Verbs For Critical Thinking | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
249 Bloom's Taxonomy Verbs For Critical Thinking
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Very useful list...Bloom’s Taxonomy’s verbs–also know as power verbs or thinking verbs–are extraordinarily powerful instructional planning tools. In fact, next to the concept of backwards-design and power standards, they are likely the most useful tool a teacher-as-learning-designer has access to. Why? They can be used for curriculum mapping, assessment design, lesson planning, personalizing and differentiating learning, and almost any other “thing” a teacher–or student–has to do.

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Flip This: Bloom’s Taxonomy Should Start with Creating

Flip This: Bloom’s Taxonomy Should Start with Creating | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
One educator rethinks Bloom's Taxonomy because it gives the impression that there is a scarcity of creativity in students.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 8, 9:51 PM

Is it starting or ending with one or the other? Or is it moving fluidly between them?

 

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STEM to STEAM: Resource Roundup

STEM to STEAM: Resource Roundup | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Whether you are looking for resources related to integrating science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) or infusing arts, design, and humanities to transform STEM into STEAM, this curated compilation will help you strategize around different approaches to integrated studies.
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Some great projects here for integrated curriculum links...Creativity✅ and Critical Thinking✅
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How Do We Educate Global Problem Solvers?

How Do We Educate Global Problem Solvers? | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it

What are the biggest problems in the world?

When I pose that question to students they mention war, poverty, climate change, and more. About a year ago,  a group of Connecticut middle school students produced such a list. Then I asked them to raise their hands if they could imagine us solving these problems. Of the 45 students, only a handful could.

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Great ideas for Critical Thinking such as:

A humane education activity in which students analyze an everyday item, such as an article of clothing, an electronic device, a food, etc., and ask the following questions:

What are its effects, both positive and negative, on you as an individual consumer, on other people, on animals, and on the environment?What systems support, promote, and perpetuate it?What alternatives do more good and less harm, and if no alternative exists, what systems would need to change to make alternatives ubiquitous?
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Creating Passion Projects: Mr Solarz' classroom

Creating Passion Projects: Mr Solarz' classroom | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Leading Children to Pursue their Passions in the Classroom
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Wish I was a kid in THIS classroom! Real student engagement...especially love the essential questions idea!
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Beyond Worksheets, A True Expression of Student Learning

Beyond Worksheets, A True Expression of Student Learning | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Possession of facts is not learning. What is an important skill is the ability to sift through abundant information, identify what is valid and meaningful, then use it to create meaning and express it.
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Creating meaning from text and facts...Students as curators of information not just consumers of information!
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