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10 Great Critical Thinking Activities That Engage Your Students

10 Great Critical Thinking Activities That Engage Your Students | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Check out these 10 great ideas for critical thinking activities and see how you can use them with your own modern learners.

 

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Check out these 10 great ideas for critical thinking activities and see how you can use them with your own modern learners.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Critical-Thinking

 

 

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Norman René Trujillo Zapata's curator insight, April 4, 11:35 AM
Check out these 10 great ideas for critical thinking activities and see how you can use them with your own modern learners.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Critical-Thinking

 

 

Melissa Vee Rentchler 's curator insight, April 4, 4:14 PM
Check out these 10 great ideas for critical thinking activities and see how you can use them with your own modern learners.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Critical-Thinking

 

 

Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, April 12, 8:34 AM
These critical thinking activities are rich in language opportunities. Those listed at the end of the article will look familiar to many teachers who teach content information through English.
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Critical Thinking Questions Students Should Be Able to Ask ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Critical Thinking Questions Students Should Be Able to Ask ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Critical thinking requires a special set of questions that have the ability to activate higher order thinking skills and therefore enable students to evaluate, synthesize, apply, analyze and interpret information. These questions are usually open in nature and tend to foster divergent thinking. Prince George’s County provides a very good explanation of each of these kinds of questions with examples of each category. 


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 22, 2014 12:09 PM

This infographic sits on top of a powerful set of questions that will help any reader/thinker of any age ... get critical!

Stuart Schwartz's curator insight, January 4, 2015 3:57 PM

EAP teachers take notice.

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 7, 2015 12:35 PM

These questions aren't just useful for reading, but they do help understand text as well.

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Richard Paul: Socratic Questioning Series [Part 1] - YouTube

Discourse on critical thinking for teachers and educators in all grade levels and in all societies. This channel contains video footage, interviews and clips...


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One of my Critical Thinking Gurus is Richard Paul.  I met him in a bar in Arizona a few years before I left the classroom to teach online. We had one of the great discussions of my life. His thinking and teaching transformed my questioning style when I was a classroom teacher and seeped into my DNA when I went into online work.  Here is a series of videos available on YouTube that I would turn to if I were teaching a class devoted solely to Critical Thinking.  


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 6, 2014 5:05 PM

One of my Critical Thinking Gurus is Richard Paul.  I met him in a bar in Arizona a few years before I left the classroom to teach online. We had one of the great discussions of my life. His thinking and teaching transformed my questioning style when I was a classroom teacher and seeped into my DNA when I went into online work.  Here is a series of videos available on YouTube that I would turn to if I were teaching a class devoted solely to Critical Thinking.  

Allan Shaw's curator insight, February 6, 2014 6:07 PM

'Asking questions that takes thinking apart'! This is very useful as a reflection tool. I appreciate highly the connection made by Richard Paul between thinking and content.

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Debunking Handbook: update and feedback

Debunking Handbook: update and feedback | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"When we published the Debunking Handbook, I have to admit, we completely underestimated the impact it would make. A few days after the launch, it suddenly went viral with over 150,000 downloads in a single day. This week, it just ticked over 400,000 downloads. We always planned that the Handbook would be useful not just for climate myths but for communicators having to deal with any type of misinformation."


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The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking

The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Big idea: Teaching kids to ask smart questions on their own

A four-year-old asks on average about 400 questions per day, and an adult hardly asks any. Our school system is structured around rewards for regurgitating the right answer, and not asking smart questions – in fact, it discourages asking questions. With the result that as we grow older, we stop asking questions. Yet asking good questions is essential to find and develop solutions, and an important skill in innovation, strategy, and leadership. So why do we stop asking questions – and more importantly, why don’t we train each other, and our future leaders, to ask the right questions starting from early on?"

 


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niftyjock's curator insight, February 8, 2015 9:32 PM

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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, February 9, 2015 11:11 AM

Anything that gives students a chance to ask their own questions is a good idea in my opinion.  When the questions invoke critical thinking, it's a double bonus!  Also, writing these questions on any pre-made box would work.  No need to be crafty with scissors and tape.

Simon Awuyo's curator insight, February 11, 2015 2:04 PM

The student teachers need these tips to help them cultivate skills of asking probing questions to become better teachers tomorrow.

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Kathy Schrock: 6 Apps That Target Higher-Order Thinking Skills -- THE Journal

Kathy Schrock: 6 Apps That Target Higher-Order Thinking Skills -- THE Journal | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
A higher-order thinker is a critical thinker. What are the attributes of a critical thinker? In The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools, Richard Paul and Linda Elder describe a well-cultivated critical thinker as someone who:
  1. raises vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely;
  2. gathers and assesses relevant information, using abstract ideas to interpret it effectively; 
  3. comes to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards;
  4. thinks open-mindedly within alternative systems of thought, recognizing and assessing their assumptions, implications and practical consequences as need be; and
  5. communicates effectively with others in figuring out solutions to complex problems.

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Lauren Nazzaro's curator insight, May 29, 2015 9:15 AM

Great, specific, assessment driven examples.

cherimacleod's curator insight, May 31, 2015 1:05 AM

Kathy Schrock knows thinking and technology ....right on, as always!

Ness Crouch's curator insight, March 13, 3:08 AM

Kathy Schrock has been looking ahead with technology and a librarian's instinct for organization for years. She's still hitting it out of the park. 

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365 things to make you go "Hmmm..." | Thinking skills resources

365 things to make you go "Hmmm..." | Thinking skills resources | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
365 things to make you go

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Denise and Vicki are correct; these 365 things also make great writing and discussion starters.

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netquester's curator insight, February 3, 2013 12:32 PM

Excellent  way to start the day

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, February 3, 2013 11:22 PM

writing prompts? discussion starters? debates or research?

Tui Needham, Career Development Specialist's comment, April 20, 2013 9:01 PM
Like this a lot, some goodies when running workshops and you want get people thinking.
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How to Develop Effective Discussion Questions

How to Develop Effective Discussion Questions | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"A distinguishing feature of online education verses the face-to-face environment are class discussions. Face-to-face discussions are typically spontaneous interplay with the minority of students being actively involved, haphazard in their preparation, with the appearance of mostly the verbal-oriented and self-confident members of a class. Discussions are often a presentation technique to avoid lecture lethargy or sleepiness, and are not considered a prime facilitator of the education process

 

In an asynchronous online environment, discussion questions are planned and students and faculty respond with considered answers. Faculty carefully craft questions to fit content and student needs. Respondents, both students and faculty, can take the time to carefully research and develop their responses. Therefore, the achieved learning from online discussions is potentially much greater than in a face-to-face environment."

 

This is a three part series that will help any online practicioner to better understand the complexities of writing discussion prompts and facilitating threaded discussion.  This is a university level research effort with a solid bibliography.  Well worth reading! ~ Dennis T. O'Connor


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