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Word puzzles key to taking mind off catchy tunes

Word puzzles key to taking mind off catchy tunes | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it

Word puzzles may offer a solution to those who can't get a song out of their head.

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Beyond the Far Cliffs - Thinking Clearly

Beyond the Far Cliffs - Thinking Clearly | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it

"All the problems of the world could be settled easily if men were only willing to think. The trouble is that men very often resort to all sorts of devices in order not to think, because thinking is such hard work."   (Thomas Watson, IBM)

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The items on this topic are related to thinking and information on brain research.  The items posted are frequently directly related to one of my most popular management training programs -- Thinking Clearly and Analytically.  

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Selling the Critical Thinking Way

Selling the Critical Thinking Way | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
A successful sales representative is someone who leverages critical thinking in every aspect of the sales cycle in order to win business. Here are some tips on
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Solving the Biggest Challenge of Teaching Critical Thinking

Solving the Biggest Challenge of Teaching Critical Thinking | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Instructors, administrators, and school board members tend to all agree that critical thinking is a valuable skill for college students to develop. However, deciding to teach it in the classroom is often easier said than done.
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Gaming Boosts Children’s Math Reasoning as Effectively as Studying

Gaming Boosts Children’s Math Reasoning as Effectively as Studying | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it

In a study of thousands of children ages 3 to 18, a 1-hour-a-day increase in video-game time on weekdays was found to increase mathematical-reasoning scores by 9.3% of a standard deviation — about the same as spending the time studying, either inside or outside of school, says Agne Suziedelyte of Monash University in Australia. The effect is larger in families that invest more time in their children. Video games appear to improve children’s problem-solving ability, a skill that is useful in many life and work situations, Suziedelyte says.
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Critical Thinking Requires Knowing What Questions to Ask

Critical Thinking Requires Knowing What Questions to Ask | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it

The ability to think critically, as conceived in this volume, involves three things:
1. an attitude of being disposed to consider in a thoughtful way the problems and subjects that come within the range of one's experiences,
2. knowledge of the methods of logical inquiry and reasoning, and
3. some skill in applying those methods.”
Critical Thinking is most often required when we have a ‘problem’ to solve and a knowledge gap preventing us from reaching a sound conclusion or making good judgments. Because there are as many, or more, interpretations of the word ‘problem’ as there are for diversity, big data, or critical thinking, it is not always clear what questions to ask to close the gap. Fortunately, because the word ‘problem’ is often used when we need to manage change, we can use the three fundamental types of change to define three distinct types of ‘problems’ and the key questions we need to answer to close the knowledge gaps:
a. Past change that has occurred - What did change to affect performance achieving expectations?
b. Present change we are considering - What should change to enhance performance achieving expectations?
c. Future change that might occur - What could change to affect performance achieving expectations?


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25 Critical Thinking Strategies For The Modern Learner

25 Critical Thinking Strategies For The Modern Learner | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
25 Critical Thinking Strategies For The Modern Learner
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Critical Thinking and Getting a Job

Critical Thinking and Getting a Job | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Critical thinking is an immensely important skill for graduates entering the workforce, and higher education institutions need to re-commit to ensuring it is developed.

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Why are so many college students failing to gain job skills before graduation?

Why are so many college students failing to gain job skills before graduation? | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Employers are finding college graduates severely lacking in basic skills, urge rigor inside -- and outside -- of the classroom.
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Cutting off the Ends of the Ham

Cutting off the Ends of the Ham | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
The allegory of the ham is not new, and has been told numerous different ways, but it is a great example of the critical thinking errors we make every day. We
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Gone Home: A Video Game as a Tool for Teaching Critical Thinking Skills

Gone Home: A Video Game as a Tool for Teaching Critical Thinking Skills | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
A video game that is classified as a storytelling experience is taking the place of traditional text in some classrooms to teach students critical thinking skills.
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A Very Good Critical Thinking Framework for Teachers and Educators

A Very Good Critical Thinking Framework for Teachers and Educators | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it

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The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking

The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking
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The Most Successful Leaders Are Critical Thinkers

The Most Successful Leaders Are Critical Thinkers | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
The Marquis de Sade is one of the most infamous, deviant and evil French writers of all times. The words sadism or sadist are derived from his notorious name. I studied some of Sade's work in high school.
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Relearning the Art of Asking Questions

Relearning the Art of Asking Questions | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Proper questioning has become a lost art. The curious four-year-old asks a lot of questions — incessant streams of “Why?” and “Why not?” might sound familiar — but as we grow older, our questioning decreases.
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The skills needed in the 21st century

The skills needed in the 21st century | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
To thrive in today’s innovation-driven economy, workers need a different mix of skills than in the past.
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Here’s Why People Trust Human Judgment Over Algorithms

Here’s Why People Trust Human Judgment Over Algorithms | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it

People think they learn faster than machines, according to research. When research participants were asked to bet on either their own prediction ability or the clearly superior acumen of an algorithm, they were more likely to bet on their own ability if they had seen that the algorithm was imperfect, according to a team from The Wharton School. This is a case of algorithm aversion, Walter Frick writes on HBR.org: People don’t like to rely on algorithms, especially if they’ve seen them fail, even a little. To err may be human, but when an algorithm makes a mistake, we’re not likely to trust it again.

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What Logical Lessons Managers Can Learn From Mr. Spock

What Logical Lessons Managers Can Learn From Mr. Spock | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Mr. Spock has died. He lived long, and prospered.
Of course, Star Trek‘s Mr. Spock, the character, will still be around because fictional people never really go away, but Leonard Nimoy, the wonderful actor who brought Spock to life, will not.
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Reading On A Screen Is Bad For Learning. Here's Why

Reading On A Screen Is Bad For Learning. Here's Why | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Deep reading takes time, patience, and effort....
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A fascinating essay with much food for thought in a variety of applications.

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Awesome Interactive Graphic Featuring 21st Century Thinking Skills

Awesome Interactive Graphic Featuring 21st Century Thinking Skills | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it

Here is a wonderful interactive image created on Thinglink by J Beam featuring some important tools that support the 21st century thinking. As you can see from the graphic below, there are four main skills associated with the 21st century thinking these are : creating, collaborating, communicating, and critical thinking. 


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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, August 18, 2013 2:28 AM

Thinglink is fast becoming a favorite tool. This example is great for those PLT discussions. It contains links to tools that can be used to highlight particular 21st century skills.

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3 Simple Strategies to Develop Students' Critical Thinking

3 Simple Strategies to Develop Students' Critical Thinking | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
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.....

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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.

Charles Fischer's curator insight, February 11, 7:56 AM

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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The Critical Thinking Buddy System

The Critical Thinking Buddy System | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Do you remember the Buddy System in grade school? When you went on field trips, you were likely assigned someone to be your "buddy" for the duration of the
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Bosses Seek ‘Critical Thinking,’ but What Is That?

Bosses Seek ‘Critical Thinking,’ but What Is That? | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Critical thinking is a critical skill for young workers these days, but what bosses mean by that and how to measure it is less clear.
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Enhance Your Critical Thinking Skills with These Socratic Questions

Enhance Your Critical Thinking Skills with These Socratic Questions | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Critical thinking is crucial for making better decisions and effective communication. You can consistently think more critically about a topic or opinion, and explore new perspectives, by using Socratic questions.
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A Student-Centred Conceptualisation of Critical Thinking

A Student-Centred Conceptualisation of Critical Thinking | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Using collective intelligence to understand critical thinking

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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, January 4, 9:24 PM

Thinking systematically about how you use information flows and your cognitive processes to gather, test, evaluate knowledge is key to the internal aspects of infotention. 

Miloš Bajčetić's curator insight, January 5, 3:26 AM

"Understanding and influencing metacognitive skill development is essential for further cultural evolution, and ultimately, our survival, adaptation and flourishing as a species. Due to what can be considered an exponential increase in the creation of new information every year, higher-order, metacognitive skills are needed more than ever in order to aid individuals and groups in becoming more adaptable, flexible and better able to cope in the context of a rapidly evolving information society (Darling-Hammond, 2008; Jukes and McCain, 2002). It is widely recognized that the challenge of education implies more than a focus on developing domain-specific knowledge - also needed is metacognitive knowledge and skill, and approaches to enquiry that allow children and adults to approach problems, solutions, experiments, explanations, and simulated actions with a mindful, reflective, collaborative sensibility that facilitates adaptive action at individual and group levels."

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How Do You Hire For Brain Diversity?

How Do You Hire For Brain Diversity? | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Lack of brain diversity in the workplace can be as harmful as a lack of gender and racial diversity. Here’s what some companies are doing to embrace employees with neurological differences.
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The Weird Reason It’s Hard to Empathise And Be Logical At The Same Time

The Weird Reason It’s Hard to Empathise And Be Logical At The Same Time | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
The strange influence of empathising on the capacity for logical thought.

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