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Critical Thinking: The Soul of Effective Communication

Critical Thinking: The Soul of Effective Communication | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
The cost of poor communication in organizations is very high. In a 2008 whitepaper by IDC, the cost of employee misunderstanding and poor communication in US and UK businesses was estimated at US$37 billion!
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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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Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Why the modern world is bad for your brain | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Multitasking is an essential skill in the era of email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter. But, argues neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin, it’s actually making us less efficient
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The reality is -- as this article correctly points out -- is that it is impossible to "multitask."

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Flip This: Bloom’s Taxonomy Should Start with Creating

Flip This: Bloom’s Taxonomy Should Start with Creating | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
One educator rethinks Bloom's Taxonomy because it gives the impression that there is a scarcity of creativity in students.
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A lot of this is the classic argument about a deductive versus inductive approach.  The reality is that both work -- depending on the topic, goal, and other factors.

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How to Foster Critical Thinking Skills—Fast!

How to Foster Critical Thinking Skills—Fast! | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Here are some tips for getting your students on the fast track to fostering critical thinking skills in the classroom.

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Charles Fischer's curator insight, April 15, 7:44 AM

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.

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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Fostering Critical Thinking Skills with Online Tools

Fostering Critical Thinking Skills with Online Tools | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Check out these tools to help students foster critical thinking skills in the classroom!

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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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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Benefits of Gaming: What Research Shows

Benefits of Gaming: What Research Shows | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
It's still early days in research around games and learning, but a few significant studies show important trends.
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Avoiding Decision Paralysis in the Face of Uncertainty

Avoiding Decision Paralysis in the Face of Uncertainty | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Leaders need to do two seemingly paradoxical things.
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13 iPad Games For Honing Critical Thinking Skills

13 iPad Games For Honing Critical Thinking Skills | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
The following 13 iPad apps are designed dot boost critical thinking skills in kids of every grade level.

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Critical Thinking Steps To Solve Any Problem

Critical Thinking Steps To Solve Any Problem | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Got A Problem? Use These Six Critical Thinking Steps To Solve Any Problem.
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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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