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Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking

Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it

Ideally, teaching kids how to think critically becomes an integral part of your approach, no matter what subject you teach. But if you’re just getting started, here are some concrete ways you can begin leveraging your students’ critical-thinking skills in the classroom and beyond.

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Fantastic step-by-step, very practical approach demonstrated here. Project-based learning also follows a similar process.

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Les Howard's curator insight, October 21, 2013 10:00 AM

Great tips for an important topic. Going to try tip 5.

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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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Visible Thinking

Visible Thinking | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it

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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Why Inquiry Learning is Worth the Trouble

Why Inquiry Learning is Worth the Trouble | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it

INQUIRING ABOUT INQUIRY

Lehmann said it’s important to question whether alleged “personalized,” “project-based,” or “collaborative” learning efforts are actually helping students and teachers to “hold ourselves in a state of questioning.”

 

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“Inquiry means living in the soup. Inquiry means living in that uncomfortable space where we don’t know the answer.” I like the 'soup' analogy used here...what do YOU think about Inquiry Learning?

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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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The Difference Between Doing Projects Versus Learning Through Projects

The Difference Between Doing Projects Versus Learning Through Projects | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it

We’ve clarified the difference between projects and project-based learning before. Projects are about the product, while project-based learning is about the process.

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It's all about the learning...Projects are generally teacher-directed, universal, and tangent to the learning, while project-based learning is student-centered, personal, and the learning pathway itself. Put simply, it is an approach to learning rather than something to complete.

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7 Ideas for Replacing Worksheets with Wonder

7 Ideas for Replacing Worksheets with Wonder | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Is "worksheet" a bad word in today's educational climate? Or have worksheets gotten a bad rap? Keep in mind that not all worksheets...
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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, 2014 9:51 PM

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

 

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5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners

5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Asking a question can be a scary step into the void. How do you create a culture of using questioning in the classroom?
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Does your school have a 'culture of questioning'? Love this article and graphic illustrating five ways of making it happen in your classroom.

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101 Ways For Teachers To Be More Creative

101 Ways For Teachers To Be More Creative | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
101 Ways For Teachers To Be More Creative
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'Failure is part of the creative process"...my favourite is No.24 'Embrace Weirdness' :-)

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Justwondering

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musings of a passionate inquirer
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Great ideas to start 'wonderings' in your Inquiry classroom...

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The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking

The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking
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Great idea to stimulate critical thinking at all levels, every classroom

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 13, 10:58 PM

The opening paragraph is spot on. I taught kindergarten for two days and it was perpetual 20 questions. Teaching is about using the strengths students have and nurturing them. One of those is asking questions.

 

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The Question is the Answer

The Question is the Answer | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
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"Once you have learned how to ask relevant and appropriate questions, you have learned how to learn and no one can keep you from learning whatever you want or need to know."

Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner

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Questions Before Answers: What Drives a Great Lesson?

Questions Before Answers: What Drives a Great Lesson? | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Students engage more passionately when trying to answer a question that interests them. Here are ten opening questions that have inspired this kind of learning.
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"Our minds are set up to not care about answers unless they have a question. What makes a great question?" A wealth of ideas here to promote YOUR critical thinking as a classroom teacher ������
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How To Make Learning Visible: A Spectrum

How To Make Learning Visible: A Spectrum | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
How To Make Learning Visible: A Spectrum
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What students say and do and create are products of thought processes that, more or less, are predictable–and of significant potential if we can make those processes visible. The question becomes then, what should we make visible, how, and to whom?

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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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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, 2014 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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A Little Moment of Wonder - Educated by Nature

A Little Moment of Wonder - Educated by Nature | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it

 To rediscover the importance of instilling sense of wonder in children, being outside, connecting to nature and using our imagination. I know these things will bring about qualities that I want to see in my child, the ability to respect animals and the environment and not needing constant entertainment, to be calm. Through the Mud Pies Nature Play group I feel confident that children can be engaged and calmly stimulated through nature

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Curiosity, wonder and a fascination in nature...let the children play in the bush I say!

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Art appreciation helps young children learn to think and express ideas

Art appreciation helps young children learn to think and express ideas | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it

This approach for K-12 students was developed about 20 years ago by the co-founders of Visual Thinking Strategies, a nonprofit based in New York that provides training in the method to schools and art museums. More recently, the nonprofit has introduced the concept to pre-K classes. The method aligns with the Common Core approach to learning.

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Teachers using classic works of art to inspire some of the youngest students to observe closely, think critically and discuss respectfully. The visual thinking method asks three questions of young students: What’s going on in this picture? What do you see that makes you say that? What more can we find?

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Art is there for interpretation. perhaps your students should engage with art installations


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Preschool lessons: New research shows that teaching kids more and more, at ever-younger ages, may backfire.

Preschool lessons: New research shows that teaching kids more and more, at ever-younger ages, may backfire. | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Ours is an age of pedagogy. Anxious parents instruct their children more and more, at younger and younger ages, until they're reading books to babies in the womb. They pressure teachers to make kindergartens and nurseries more like schools. So does the law—the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act explicitly...
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Very thought-provoking article that reaffirms what I truly believe..."direct instruction made the children less curious and less likely to discover new information...does it also make children less likely to draw conclusions...or make them less creative?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 9, 8:03 PM

Play is what centres children in their world. It is too bad adults who decide what School will be don't engage in play more often.

 

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Group decision making templates

Group decision making templates | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
View GroupMap's exciting range of group decision making templates here by clicking on each template or category to reveal the one that suits you the most.
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Great resource to 'organise thinking'...Thanks to the folks at GroupMap

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Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects'

Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects' | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy.
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Teaching by topic not subject...high level integration of learning. Yet another level of education reform from Finland which we will be watching closely...Given our Australian Curriculum (with eight clearly defined Learning Areas) could this work at your school?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 21, 10:03 PM

We do not prepare children for the workplace, but teaching by topic is better than outdated subject material. It shifts teaching into a more trans-disciplinary way.

 

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50 Questions To Promote Metacognition In Students

50 Questions To Promote Metacognition In Students | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
50 Questions To Help Students Think About What They Think
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Thinking about your thinking...visible thinking and questioning! The journey of a lifelong learner..."What makes you say that?"

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Laura Rosillo's curator insight, March 7, 3:11 AM

añada su visión ...

Allan Tsuda's curator insight, April 27, 10:15 PM

Great set of base questions to always have on hand.

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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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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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25 Question Stems Framed Around Bloom's Taxonomy

25 Question Stems Framed Around Bloom's Taxonomy | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
25 Question Stems Framed Around Bloom's Taxonomy
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Create engaging tasks and assess questioning skills with this useful template to stimulate high order thinking and inquiry in your classroom.

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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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