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Planning For Critical Thinking: A 5-Step Model

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Planning For Critical Thinking: A 5-Step Model Like anything else that you’d like to see happen in your classroom, promoting critical thinking skills is a matter of planning and priority. While teachers are often admonished...
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This is a decent model for critical thinking. Of course, each step is quite complex. Step 2: Teach through questioning, for example, is very difficult for some people who love to lecture or don't know how to ask deeper, more provocative questions

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Mary Starry's curator insight, November 14, 2013 2:33 PM

This is a very simple chart of promoting critical thinking skills, but each of basic steps incorporates key principles that take time and effort to achieve in the classroom.  

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The 7 Skills Students Must Have For The Future

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A powerful talk by Tony Wagner attempts to uncover the 7 skills students must have in order to prepared for the future.
The post The 7 Skills Students Must Have For The Future appeared first on Edudemic.
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All seven of these skills can be practiced through Socratic Seminar. The first, critical thinking and problem-solving can be achieved through a combination of a quality text and provocative questions. The second, collaboration across networks and leading by influence, can be achieved by incorporating technology. The third, agility and adaptability, starts with listening carefully to others and appreciating other viewpoints. The fourth, initiative and entrepreneurialism, begins with being brave enough to speak your mind in front of a group of peers. The fifth, effective oral and written communication, is developed through deepening one's understandings through dialogue. The sixth, accessing and analyzing information, can be practiced through weighing evidence and citing sources. And the last, curiosity and imagination, can be fostered by students learning to ask their own questions.

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Ruben Bravo's curator insight, July 13, 2013 1:35 PM

To build the furutre we want for our family and  for our communities we need to begin investing in the right mix of skills that will steer us through the path of development.

Bradley McClure's curator insight, December 4, 2013 6:29 PM

Tony Wagner's book, "Creating Innovators" has strongly influenced what I know about teaching and why it is important that we understand how the world is changing. The seven skills that he mentions includes critical thinking and problem solving, along with six other vaulable skills. It would be a shame for us as teachers to perpetuate teaching without putting these seven skills at the core of our purpose. Critical thinking and Problem solving are connected to the other seven, particularly in light of the new P21 Framework that is beginning to take off in the world of education. 

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Questioning Toolkit

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This is a great resource to explore types of questions. Students should be taught various types (whether these or a different system), so that they can develop better inquiry skills. The right question asked at the optimal time will reveal amazing discoveries and insights. As Einstein said, " If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes."

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Questions Before Answers: What Drives a Great Lesson?

Questions Before Answers: What Drives a Great Lesson? | Socratic Seminar | 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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Loved this quick article! My favorite lines were: "Our minds are set up to not care about answers unless we have a question. The greater the question, the more compelling it is, the more we want the answer. We learn best when questions come before answers." 


I think it's even possible that learning can't take place without a question, whether consciously or unconsciously. It should not be the teacher's job or the curriculum's job to always provide the questions. We must teach students to ask their own questions - about everything!

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7 Tenets of Creative Thinking

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Michael Michalko explains that everyone is an artist and that it takes belief and persistence to nurture this quality. He offers seven principles about creative thinking that he wishes he'd known as a student.
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Tenet 6 is vital. Risk-taking is an important part of any process, and those who are worried about failure will rarely take risks. This is especially true in creative processes where people may hold back a key idea that leads to an entirely new thought process. 

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Dean J. Fusto's curator insight, August 9, 4:36 PM

Tenet 6 is vital. Risk-taking is an important part of any process, and those who are worried about failure will rarely take risks. This is especially true in creative processes where people may hold back a key idea that leads to an entirely new thought process. 

Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, August 9, 5:46 PM

Tenet 6 is vital. Risk-taking is an important part of any process, and those who are worried about failure will rarely take risks. This is especially true in creative processes where people may hold back a key idea that leads to an entirely new thought process. 

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Is Creativity as important as literacy? | wonderteacher.com

Is Creativity as important as literacy? | wonderteacher.com | Socratic Seminar | Scoop.it
Teaching creativity is essential in order to prepare students for 21st century learning requirements.
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Creativity is as important as literacy because creativity is what is going to help us create solutions to future problems that we don;t even know exist yet. In many ways I feel like creativity picks up where literacy leaves off. Literacy informs and educates a person, but creativity is what will extend a person's thinking into unknown and unforeseen realms.

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Teaching Listening Skills: Ready to Listen, Ready to Learn

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Most children come to school armed with only one way to learn – listening.  Almost all of us were born doing it.  Indeed, for the first few years of formal education, listening is an integral part of teaching.
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Listening is a skill that is very under-appreciated! Even the CCSS do a poor job of specifically outlining the steps necessary to actually get students to listen better. They list definite outcomes, but fail to build stepping stones. For example, the first thing teachers and students must discuss and understand is that there is a crucial difference between hearing and listening. Without differentiating these two, many students think they are listening (and perhaps even listening actively), when actually they are just hearing. In up upcoming Socratic seminar book I outline five levels of listening and a colleague and I are working on another book with seven levels. Teach listening as a skill!

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Video: Appsmart | Spark Creative Thinking

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A host of new apps are available to jump-start creative thinking or spark new ideas.

Via Jim Lerman
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Some nice apps that can definitely help with creative thinking! In seminars, apps like these could be used in place of a turn-and-talk or other technique to get conversation going again.

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How to Foster Critical Thinking Skills—Fast!

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Here are some tips for getting your students on the fast track to fostering critical thinking skills in the classroom.

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A nice article with some important principles for Socratic seminar. One of them, "Avoid doing all the work for them," is a key component to any seminar experience. This often takes the form of "gradual release of responsibility," since students need to be taught skills first before they get a chance to practice.

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Anthippi Harou's curator insight, April 16, 3:37 PM
An interesting article on how to develop our students' critical thinking skills.
Jake Goulet's curator insight, April 20, 3:21 PM

Great advice for helping someone learn a new language!


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Eva Buyuksimkesyan's curator insight, August 7, 6:45 PM

A nice article with some important principles for Socratic seminar. One of them, "Avoid doing all the work for them," is a key component to any seminar experience. This often takes the form of "gradual release of responsibility," since students need to be taught skills first before they get a chance to practice.

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The Six Hats of Critical Thinking and How to Use Them - Designorate

The critical thinking process can be complex and confusing. One of its successful methods is the six thinking hats, known as De Bono’s six thinking hats.

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The Six Thinking Hats is a fantastic system for quickly generating quality conversations and for solving problems. In my experience students like the specific direction each hat gives, but they also find it difficult to stay focused with one type of thinking. For example, as a facilitator, I might say, "Let's black hat this idea." After a few responses, students might want to suddenly jump to creative thinking. Not a big problem in itself, but I would recommend a system to help students hold their ideas until completely appropriate and relevant.

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Charles Fischer's curator insight, February 3, 8:17 PM

de Bono's Six Thinking Hats is a fantastic method for running effective seminars. In his book he describes how efficient the system can be, with business owners sometimes cutting their meetings in half, yet still being productive. Definitely something to try if you haven't already!

Samantha Patterson 7's curator insight, February 4, 8:41 PM

A wonderful article about using critical thinking skills. 

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Poetry Pairing | ‘Wild Peaches’

Poetry Pairing | ‘Wild Peaches’ | Socratic Seminar | Scoop.it
Elinor Wylie's poem "Wild Peaches" and the article "Their Own Museum" by Penelope Green appear in this Poetry Pairing.
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Always love the poetry pairings for close reading and critical thinking!

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Steps to Creating the Conditions for Deep, Rigorous, Applied Learning

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Check out some resources meant to help education leaders find ways transform the vision and goals of schools to move towards applied, connected and real-world learning opportunities for students.
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Five of the six deliberate practice outcomes are definitely met through Socratic seminar: Work collaboratively, academic mindset, learning to learn, think critically and solve complex problems, and communicate effectively. The sixth, master core knowledge, could potentially be met through Socratic seminar as well. 

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Why Reading On A Screen Is Bad For Critical Thinking - Huffington Post

Why Reading On A Screen Is Bad For Critical Thinking - Huffington Post | Socratic Seminar | Scoop.it
Deep reading takes time, patience, and effort....
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This is an important article for teachers to consider, especially those in 1 to 1 digital device programs. In essence, the more students are reading on a screen, the less likely they are to read critically or closely. Screen time creates habits and habits, as we all know, are hard to break. There should be places in every curriculum where students engage with deep critical thinking of physical texts so that they can practice additional reading habits.

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3 Simple Strategies to Develop Students' Critical Thinking

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This week we've focused on critical thinking using the model developed by the Foundation for Critical Thinking. By now you're probably excited about the incredible potential that these tools hold.....

Via Beth Dichter
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A few great ideas for critical thinking. I particularly liked the activity called "telephone" (not the listening game). Teachers can use all the strategies they can to help their students think better!

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, February 9, 8:27 AM

Teaching student to think...we know this is not as easy as it sounds. This post suggests looking at this through the lens of the visual displayed above (which comes from The Foundation for Critical Thinking) and recommends that you use three simple steps (quoted from post):

1) TELL students that you want them to work on their thinking.

2) Choose ONE element of thought, intellectual standard, or intellectual trait and teach students what it means.

3) Give students something to think about and ask them to practice improving their thinking.  

Each of these ideas are discussed in the post and suggestions are provided to help you implement this in the classroom.

On Feb. 4, 2015 I posted an article "The Question Game: A Playful Way to Teach Students to Think" and a number of people have responded to it. This post provides some additional ways to teach students to think and many of them are playful also. If one of your goals in teaching is to help students gain this skill take the time to read this post.

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5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners

5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners | Socratic Seminar | 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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We have to teach students how to ask different types of questions as well. Many questions asked in schools are either-or, yes-no questions that require little thinking. 

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Critical Thinking with Literature: It’s Problem-Solving | The Great Books Foundation

Critical Thinking with Literature: It’s Problem-Solving | The Great Books Foundation | Socratic Seminar | Scoop.it
Critical Thinking with Literature: It’s Problem-Solving http://t.co/ywk3R6FD1z
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The Great Books choices for short stories and texts are amazing. I have used a number of them K-12 and have never been disappointed by the quality. With a good question, the dialogue produces powerful critical thinking.

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Fuel Creativity in the Classroom With Divergent Thinking

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Teachers can inspire out-of-box thinking for students by using problem-based learning, art, music, and inquiry-based feedback.
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Socratic seminar is ideal for divergent thinking! In a safe, inquiry-based setting with complex texts, students must literally make meaning out of difficult ideas. Along the way, they will form claims, text hypotheses, and generate new ideas. 

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How to Encourage More Creative Thinking

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Have you ever wished you were more creative? If you do creative work, have you ever suffered from a creative block and been stuck wondering what exactly is wrong, and how you can get yourself out of it?
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Excellent blog with numerous ideas about how to generate creative ideas. These are the strategies that all Socratic seminar facilitators and participants need to practice as they wrestle with big ideas and try to solve problems.

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How does creative thought differ from critical thought? - Staff - Macquarie University

How does creative thought differ from critical thought?
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A solid overview of the differences between critical and creative thinking. Worth looking at for sure!
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Inconsiderate Ignorance: Mindless Public Use of Technology | The Productivity Pro

Inconsiderate Ignorance: Mindless Public Use of Technology | The Productivity Pro | Socratic Seminar | Scoop.it
In a memorable scene in the movie Star Trek IV, Mr. Spock delivers the famous Vulcan neck pinch to a kid who’s blasting rock music on a boom box at obnoxious l
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All these forms of being inconsiderate involved SOUND -  perhaps even ranging into sound pollution. I have often wondered what our seemingly constant need for noise does to our ability to listen - truly listen - to each other. Julian Treasure talks about the effects of moving away from natural sounds, such as WWB (Wind, Water, and Birds), and filling our minds with technological noise. Well worth reading or viewing on TED! 

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Critical thinking In the Classroom

This power point movie will discuss what critical thinking is, how is it seen in the classroom, and how to develop and be aware of it. Hope you enjoy!
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Although the slideshow is a little slow (just click around to go faster), there is good information here. At 7:30 there is a slide about the importance of group work - yet another source supporting Socratic seminar as a powerful learning tool. 

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Viewing Comprehension Strategies: Watching Videos Like You Read A Book

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40 Viewing Comprehension Strategies: Watching Videos Like You Read A Book
by Terry Heick
You can’t watch a video like you read a book; the modalities couldn’t be much different.
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Fantastic resource for critical and creative thinking with videos. In this digital age, students need effective strategies to view materials, especially if they are to detect bias and/or propaganda. 

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Tracking Color Symbolism in The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby is widely-regarded as one of the great American novels and many of us teach it every year to secondary students who seem to instantly get the feeling of lost dreams, the feeling of being “within and without” and the feeling that...
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I loved this article! The idea of tracking and annotating for colors throughout a novel is a fantastic idea and one that students can use almost universally for literature. I remember talking about the color green in high school, but we never appreciated the text in a systematic way like this that allowed us to analyze the text with multiple entry points.

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5 Common Misconceptions About Bloom’s Taxonomy

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5 Common Misconceptions About Bloom’s Taxonomy
by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education
Admit it–you only read the list of the six levels of the Taxonomy, not the whole book that explains each level and the rationale behind the Taxonomy.
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A great analysis on Bloom's. I have always been skeptical about how people have used some of the levels or verbs for the levels and now I know why!

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Beyond Knowing Facts, How Do We Get to a Deeper Level of Learning?

Beyond Knowing Facts, How Do We Get to a Deeper Level of Learning? | Socratic Seminar | Scoop.it
Every student has the capacity for rich, meaningful learning experiences. How can educators tap into the motivation that helps drive a love of learning in students? They key might be found in the "deeper learning" movement.
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Socratic seminar is a perfect technique for deeper learning. As the teacher shifts to the role of facilitator, the students must do the thinking work. If they are also involved in choosing texts and asking their own questions, then truly powerful learning will take place!

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Teaching Students How to Talk Less, and Think More - New York Times (blog)

Teaching Students How to Talk Less, and Think More - New York Times (blog) | Socratic Seminar | Scoop.it
Parents often worry that a teacher calls on some students more than others, or that quieter children are overlooked in the classroom.
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One approach not mentioned in the article is that talkative students can be encouraged to listen more, rather than talk less. This is an important distinction because if you ask students to talk less, they may feel like they are losing out on something. But if you ask them to listen more, they may feel like they are building a valuable skill and actually gaining something.

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The Six Hats of Critical Thinking and How to Use Them - Designorate

The critical thinking process can be complex and may be confusing. One of the proven successful methods to organize both group and individual thinking is the six thinking hats, also known as De Bono’s six thinking hats.
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de Bono's Six Thinking Hats is a fantastic method for running effective seminars. In his book he describes how efficient the system can be, with business owners sometimes cutting their meetings in half, yet still being productive. Definitely something to try if you haven't already!

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Samantha Patterson 7's curator insight, February 4, 8:41 PM

A wonderful article about using critical thinking skills. 

Charles Fischer's curator insight, March 24, 9:14 AM

The Six Thinking Hats is a fantastic system for quickly generating quality conversations and for solving problems. In my experience students like the specific direction each hat gives, but they also find it difficult to stay focused with one type of thinking. For example, as a facilitator, I might say, "Let's black hat this idea." After a few responses, students might want to suddenly jump to creative thinking. Not a big problem in itself, but I would recommend a system to help students hold their ideas until completely appropriate and relevant.