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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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Poetry Pairing | 'Mistletoe'

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December’s Poetry Pairing features Walter de la Mare’s poem “Mistletoe” and Olivia Judson’s 2014 Opinion essay, “The Hemiparasite Season.”

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The poetry pairings make great texts for Socratic seminars!

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The Right Way To Implement Essential Questions

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by Grant Wiggins, Ph.D, AuthenticEducation.org Ed note: We’re continuing to go back and share some of Grant’s best and most useful posts. This one on...
The post The Right Way To Implement Essential Questions appeared first on TeachThought.
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A great post! Socratic seminar is a great way to explore essential questions in deep and meaningful ways. Set aside some time for a seminar and be amazed at how exploring essential questions can lead to more questions and more questions...

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7 Key Characteristics Of Better Learning Feedback

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7 Key Characteristics Of Better Learning Feedback
by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education
On May 26, 2015, Grant Wiggins passed away.
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These characteristics of better feedback apply to Socratic seminar, of course. This means that facilitators should help students set goals for themselves and then give the students effective feedback toward those goals. This can be the major task for the outer circle participants.

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Beware of These Common Cognitive Biases | Pearson's Critical Thinking Blog

Beware of These Common Cognitive Biases | Pearson's Critical Thinking Blog | Socratic Seminar | Scoop.it
If critical thinking was easy, everyone would do it. Every day we are faced with cognitive challenges to effective thinking. From emotions to unchecked
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This is a fantastic resource for critical thinking! I have assigned jobs for 7th and 8th graders to look for similar biases and barriers to thinking. Once they practice, they get really good at discovering critical thinking and logic problems!

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Making the Leap to Socratic Seminars

A 6th grade teacher says that carefully introducing her students to the protocols of academic discussion and inquiry has led to improvements in engagement and learning.
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This is a great summary of how to introduce Socratic seminar! The activity to focus on active listening is a fantastic idea, something that will make a huge difference in the students' abilities to dialogue.

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Critical Thinking: Analytics is a Tool, Not a Crutch

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Critical Thinking: Analytics is a Tool, Not a Crutch.
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Socratic seminar is the perfect vehicle to help students practice analyzing data and data sets, mainly because a large amount of data allows for multiple conclusions and numerous "right" answers. To get started, many students would enjoy analyzing sports data for their favorite teams or players. They could also look at their own data sets to help set goals for themselves.

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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?

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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, 2015 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, 2015 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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Text to Text | 'Antigone' and Noche Flamenca’s ‘Antigona’

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In this Text to Text, we focus on pairing Sophocles’ work — called “the most powerful political play ever written” — with the work of a contemporary Spanish flamenco dance company.

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These text to texts are always good!

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6 Strategies for Encouraging Critical Thinking

Enjoy these 6 strategies for encouraging the development of critical thinking skills in your classrooms.
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One of the strategies is a key component in Socratic seminar: "Encourage collaboration, if not just in your classroom with other students, but also with the surrounding community and all the interesting professionals that are at its heart." Understand that collaborating with other students is essential in 21st-Century skills.

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4 Essential Rules Of 21st Century Learning

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4 Essential Rules Of 21st Century Learning
by Jennifer Rita Nichols, TeachThought Intern
The term “21st century” has become an integral part of educational thinking and planning for the future.
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The first two, student-centered and collaborative, are certainly part of the Socratic seminar experience. They are student-centered in the sense that the students can pose the questions and follow up questions that are of interest to them. They could even choose the texts. The other two on the list, contextualized and real world, can be a part of the seminar experience as well. Seminars can be most effective when they are part of a larger project or theme.

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Are You Critical Thinkers... or Just Critical? - Huffington Post

Are You Critical Thinkers... or Just Critical? - Huffington Post | Socratic Seminar | Scoop.it
Fill the room with critical spirits and you can watch the creative oxygen leave the room. At the very least, no one is really listening. After a little while, no one is really talking either.
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The difference between being critical and critical thinking is definitely a good topic for discussion with students! 

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Why Questions Are More Important Than Answers

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Why Questions Are More Important Than Answers
by Terry Heick
Clocks and old watches are miracles.
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I love this article! It is concise and gets right to the heart of the importance of asking questions and teaching students about different types of questions.
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Developing Critical Thinking Skills in Elementary Students

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Here are some wonderful tools and strategies for developing critical thinking skills with your elementary school students.
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This is a great structure for younger students in particular. The six question words allow students to analyze nearly anything. For older students, I would certainly add more questions to drive the inquiry even deeper. For example: WHEN: "What was the context in which they said it?" WHY: "Were they trying to inform or persuade?" HOW: "What medium was used to deliver the message? How does that affect the message?"

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5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners

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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

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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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