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Download an 11X17 version of the Developing 21st Century Critical Thinkers Infographic by Mentoring Minds.com.
Critical thinkiing is an essential 21st Century Skill. E-Learning courses (expecially those with facilitated discussion) are great opportunities for practicing critical thinkiing. Without Critical Thinking, a course can become so boring!
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A useful infographic that not only summarises the attributes of a critical thinker but more significantly, provides a 25 point list of actions teachers can invite students to do in learning activities, to stimulate and develop critical thinking abilities. A great poster for your office wall!
What we have for you today is a great series of videos on critical thinking. As a teacher, you can use these videos with your students to start a discussion on what it means to think critically and introduce them to the concept of logical fallacies. The videos are animated in such a way that your students will find it easy to grasp hard concepts .Enjoy
Kritisch denken en reflecteren, te weining mensen doen het. Leer het eerst zelf en draag het dan over. Mooi gemaakt.
A Simple Strategy for Teaching Students How to ThinkWe believe that knowing how to ask questions is a foundational skill that is essential for all learning. When teachers use our Question Formulation Technique™ (QFT™), students learn to ask their own questions.
Shared August 7, 2012, in Missoula, Montana: Interested in helping students become better readers, writers, and critical thinkers?
I am interested in this post and post on critical thinking. Is critical thinking a skill? Can one teach critical thinking? Stephen has delivered the course on Critical Literacies MOOC in the past....
Robert H. Ennis, Author of The Cornell Critical Thinking Tests“Critical thinking is reasonable, reflective thinking that is focused on deciding what to believe and do.”
Assuming that critical thinking is reasonable reflective thinking focused on deciding what to believe or do, a critical thinker:
1. Is open-minded and mindful of alternatives2. Tries to be well-informed3. Judges well the credibility of sources4. Identifies conclusions, reasons, and assumptions5. Judges well the quality of an argument, including the acceptability of its reasons, assumptions, and evidence6. Can well develop and defend a reasonable position7. Asks appropriate clarifying questions8. Formulates plausible hypotheses; plans experiments well9. Defines terms in a way appropriate for the context10. Draws conclusions when warranted, but with caution11. Integrates all items in this list when deciding what to believe or do
What are the principles of critical thinking?
- Knowledge is acquired only through thinking, reasoning, and questioning. Knowledge is based on facts.
- It is only from learning how to think that you learn what to think.
- Critical thinking is an organized and systematic process used to judge the effectiveness of an argument.
- Critical thinking is a search for meaning.
- Critical thinking is a skill that can be learned.
- Do the above principles hold true and won’t change from one domain to the next?
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The Critical Web Reader (CWR) is designed to enable students, teachers, and schools to focus on effective teaching and productive learning using web information sources.
This curriculum is designed to give teachers a comprehensive set of tools to educate students about copyright while incorporating activities that exercise a variety of learning skills. Lesson topics include: the history of copyright law; the relationship between copyright and innovation; fair use and its relationship to remix culture; peer-to-peer file sharing; and the interests of the stakeholders that ultimately affect how copyright is interpreted by copyright owners, consumers, courts, lawmakers, and technology innovators.
The lesson plan concludes with a mock trial that tests the students' understanding of copyright and its limitations and encourages them to consider the positions of each party involved.
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Editor’s Note: Greg Walker applies critical thinking theory and practice to asynchronous online discussions. As with the Murchu and Muirhead article, he explains the importance of writing, vocabulary, and reflection, and activities such as questioning and role plays. He also explores the facilitator role and how this differs in asynchronous online as compare to traditional classroom activities.
Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational games and exercises via smartphones and tablets. Our apps are super simple and take seconds to load and run.
Metacognition -- awareness of one's attention and thinking process -- is increasingly a 21st century necessity. -- Howard
"At New York University, Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Steve Fleming is exploring the neural basis of metacognition: how we think about thinking, and how we assess the accuracy of our decisions, judgements and other aspects of our mental..."
A website providing a rigorous introduction to critical thinking.The purpose of this website is to provide a rigorous source of critical thinking information of value to many different communities. CriticalThinking.NET has been developed by Robert H. Ennis and Sean F. Ennis.
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Education is Supposed to Produce Independent Thinkers, Not Answering Machines.
The second in the series of letters to teachers from students. This time, a young man in Grade 12 talks about how we are missing the point of education by obsessing on marks and assessments.
Quijada is the executive director of Media Literacy Project. With more than a decade of experience as a media literacy trainer, and 20 years as a community organizer, she has a deep passion for media justice. Quijada presents nationally and internationally on the impact of media on culture, politics, and technology. She has co-founded various organizations in Albuquerque, including Young Women United, a reproductive justice organization by and for young women of color.Quijada is particularly interested in media as a tool for self-determination and movement building.
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Media (messages) can be decoded. Kids should learn how to pose the right 'deconstruction' questions in order to 'see through' messages.
Faculty Lack a Substantive Concept of Critical Thinking
Studies demonstrate that most college faculty lack a substantive concept of critical thinking. Consequently they do not (and cannot) use it as a central organizer in the design of instruction. It does not inform their conception of the student’s role as learner. It does not affect how they conceptualize their own role as instructors. They do not link it to the essential thinking that defines the content they teach.
I make a break in here to show the "about" of that web site with the following site text here:
Critical thinking is essential if we are to get to the root of our problems and develop reasonable solutions.
===> After all, the quality of everything we do is determined by the quality of our thinking. <===
Whereas society commonly promotes values laden with superficial, immediate "benefits," critical thinking cultivates substance and true intellectual discipline. It entails rigorous self-reflection and openmindedness — the keys to significant changes. Critical thinking requires the cultivation of core intellectual virtues such as intellectual humility, perseverance, integrity, and responsibility. Nothing of real value comes easily.
===> A rich intellectual environment — alive with curious and determined students — is possible only with critical thinking at the foundation of the educational process. <===
Read ALSO my curation about "Critical Thinking" here please:
How Can We Survive in This Increasingly Complex World?
and here as well:http://www.criticalthinking.org/pages/the-state-of-critical-thinking-today/523
Using the fundamentals of set theory, explore the mind-bending concept of the "infinity of infinities" -- and how it led mathematicians to conclude that math itself contains unanswerable questions.
Lesson by Dennis Wildfogel, animation by Augenblick Studios.
View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-big-is-infinity
I set up a free account and was up and running quickly. Collaborize Classroom was one of the best 'finds' from my time at the ISTE 2012 Convention in San Diego. Although they are targeting middle and high school teachers, everything they provide fits my needs as an e-learning instructor at the graduate level. ~ Dennis
Academic Conversations,Where would we be without conversation? Throughout history, conversations have allowed us to see different perspectives, build ideas, and solve problems.
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Interest-based negotiation is a process that has proved to be effective in building on common experiences, focusing on interests and needs, and using a structured process of inquiry that leads to a deeper understanding of each person's viewpoint and learning while at the same time resolving issues, reaching agreement, and evolving a stronger relationship.
Having several tabs open at once on your computer may make you feel like you're getting more done, but multi-tasking can actually hinder more than it helps.
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"As a child, I grew up in a world that was dominated by left-brained thinking. Both my parents were in professions that required in-depth analytical thinking. The “rule” in my house was: “If you break something, try to fix it. Only THEN come ask Dad for help.”Looking back now, I realize something I never understood then — what he had instilled was an ability to think critically. Along with creativity, collaboration, and communication, critical thinking is one of the four components of learning in the 21st century. Unlike the other three, critical thinking is often difficult to reduce to bite-size pieces of understanding and challenging to teach to others."
Read on for an example of teaching critical thinking with a first grade class as well as a look at 3 underlying components to critical thinking.
That is, virtually every educator will agree that we should be asking our students to think more, and to communicate their thoughts more, but they think this can only really be done via essay-type assignments, assignments which are both time and resource consuming. Thus we instead turn to the sorts of assignments that one can use a Scantron to mark, assignments that almost invariably focus on content rather than cognition.