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Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking

Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it

Ideally, teaching kids how to think critically becomes an integral part of your approach, no matter what subject you teach. But if you’re just getting started, here are some concrete ways you can begin leveraging your students’ critical-thinking skills in the classroom and beyond.

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Fantastic step-by-step, very practical approach demonstrated here. Project-based learning also follows a similar process.

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Les Howard's curator insight, October 21, 2013 10:00 AM

Great tips for an important topic. Going to try tip 5.

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Critical and Creative Thinking Continuum - ALL Learning Areas

Critical and Creative Thinking Continuum - ALL Learning Areas | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it

The Australian Curriculum

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Are you designing a thinking classroom? Start your planning HERE...all Learning Areas - Thank you @ACARAeduau.
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How to Help Students Ask Better Questions by Creating a Culture of Inquiry

How to Help Students Ask Better Questions by Creating a Culture of Inquiry | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Student inquiry is at the heart of student choice. When students are able to ask their own questions, they can chase their curiosity and tap into their own interests. They can build on their prior
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What are we doing in our schools to create a 'Culture of Inquiry' - are we focused on compliance and not curiosity? Love this list of strategies from John Spencer @spencerideas
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Our Whole School Inquiry

Our Whole School Inquiry | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Why is it important to be responsible? This is an Essential Question our school is exploring across the grades through our current whole school inquiry. The vehicle driving the learning into this question is an exploration into the health of our environment. We have been overwhelmed with the level of engagement this inquiry has provoked. How…
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Love this idea for a whole-school inquiry, starting with a 'driving question' to spark curiosity and student engagement. WHY? Because it's an AUTHENTIC task...and that's the difference!
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Critical and Creative Thinking - Rationale and Aims - Victorian Curriculum

Critical and Creative Thinking - Rationale and Aims - Victorian Curriculum | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Responding effectively to environmental, social and economic challenges requires young people to be creative, innovative, enterprising and adaptable, with the motivation, confidence and skills to use critical and creative thinking purposefully.
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Some excellent resources here for all teachers. My personal favourite 'Aim' #2 skills and learning dispositions that support logical, strategic, flexible and adventurous thinking
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Three Tools for Teaching Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills

Three Tools for Teaching Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Teaching students how to make inferences and see positive sides of even terrible ideas can help them develop critical thinking skills.
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As educators, we know it is crucial students graduate into university or the workforce with the ability to identify and solve complex problems, think critically about information, work effectively in teams and communicate clearly about their thinking...but how does our current systems allow for this to happen?
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The Creative Classroom: Why We Must Teach With Imagination

The Creative Classroom: Why We Must Teach With Imagination | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Let's have a look at some of the actions that make up a creative classroom, a place where teaching and learning comes from the imagination.
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Can you teach Creativity?

Imagination is what stays when teachers are gone from their students’ lives. It’s what students have taken from a creative classroom and into real life. While basic knowledge and facts are important building blocks, imagination is the synthesis of that knowledge. Its the vehicle that gets them from point A to point B on their own.

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When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges

When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
By identifying thinking routines for students, teachers can help deepen metacognitive skills that are applicable to all areas of life.
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Another very useful reminder from the Project Zero team about the importance of 'learning how to learn' and building a 'culture of thinking' within every school community.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 31, 2016 9:43 AM
Another very useful reminder from the Project Zero team about the importance of 'learning how to learn' and building a 'culture of thinking' within every school community. Teaching and structure are important. Learning is not a free-for-all. It can be chaotic, but teachers actions and words help  bring structure to that chaos.
Pilar Moral's curator insight, April 1, 2016 4:46 AM
Another very useful reminder from the Project Zero team about the importance of 'learning how to learn' and building a 'culture of thinking' within every school community. Teaching and structure are important. Learning is not a free-for-all. It can be chaotic, but teachers actions and words help  bring structure to that chaos.
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Kath Murdoch Blog: Just Wondering...Letting go, shedding skins and teaching as trapeze….

Kath Murdoch Blog: Just Wondering...Letting go, shedding skins and teaching as trapeze…. | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it

One of the great privileges of my job is bearing witness to the process of ‘reconstruction’ that teachers experience as they transit to more
inquiry-based practice.  Becoming an inquiry teacher can mean a significant degree of ‘unlearning’ as beliefs and roles are reconsidered and re-shaped. 

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So many wonderful reflective messages for all educators. Kath Murdoch has a way of 'keeping it real' and speaking directly to classroom teachers in her own reflections here. Great questions at the end of this post...perhaps something to take to your next staff meeting...just wondering!

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Pam Thompson's curator insight, March 11, 2016 6:59 PM

So many wonderful reflective messages for all educators. Kath Murdoch has a way of 'keeping it real' and speaking directly to classroom teachers in her own reflections here. Great questions at the end of this post...perhaps something to take to your next staff meeting...just wondering!

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Ten reasons to teach thinking

Ten reasons to teach thinking | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it

The teaching of thinking is a critical endeavour for teachers and one that
brings enhanced learning opportunities for students. Unfortunately thinking  is not something that we naturally do well and as a consequence it is a skill we need to learn.

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Establishing a culture of thinking in your classroom is one thing, but encouraging an entire school to get on board with this can be difficult. This article unpacks some very worthwhile reasons to use all your powers of persuasion to bring about enhanced learning for all students.

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Racism_Worksheet.pdf

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'Imagine a world where...' is a great discussion starter. Here we have a fantastic 6 hat activity by @russeltarr via @ActiveHistory to engage your students on the topic of 'Racism'.

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How To Make Learning Visible: A Spectrum

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How To Make Learning Visible: A Spectrum
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What students say and do and create are products of thought processes that, more or less, are predictable–and of significant potential if we can make those processes visible. The question becomes then, what should we make visible, how, and to whom?

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Pam Thompson's curator insight, March 11, 2016 7:00 PM

What students say and do and create are products of thought processes that, more or less, are predictable–and of significant potential if we can make those processes visible. The question becomes then, what should we make visible, how, and to whom?

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The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies

The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
How to use open-ended, close-ended, and a double question technique to inspire deeper thinking in your students.
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Posing questions can feature in all learning areas...check out the AC Critical Thinking Continuum to see the developmental scope of questioning as part of the Inquiry Process.

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Pam Thompson's curator insight, March 11, 2016 7:01 PM

Posing questions can feature in all learning areas...check out the AC Critical Thinking Continuum to see the developmental scope of questioning as part of the Inquiry Process.

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How Teachers Can Restore Students' Right to Wonder | MiddleWeb

How Teachers Can Restore Students' Right to Wonder | MiddleWeb | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Stop asking all the questions in your classroom and usurping the "right to wonder" by teaching students to ask deeper Bloom's-friendly questions of their own.
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So many reasons why every teacher should read this article...posing questions is an essential skill for our students to harness their curiosity and wonder...too much 'teacher talk' limits classroom opportunities for critical and creative thinking.

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Charles Fischer's curator insight, November 22, 2014 6:35 PM

I love the idea of the "Right to Wonder!" Students definitely need opportunities to think and wonder, to follow their quest-ions. Socratic seminar is a perfect place to practice!

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Making Learning Visible: Doodling Helps Memories Stick

Making Learning Visible: Doodling Helps Memories Stick | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it

Schools are teaching sketchnoting as an innovative way to help students synthesize information that's important. Doodlers are making connections from what they

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Doodling has long been seen as a sign that students aren’t paying attention. But it may be time to give doodling an image makeover. ... have YOU tried 'sketchnoting'?
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The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic]

The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic] | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
We'd like to share this critical thinking skills cheatsheet for you to use with your students. Get them asking questions on any topic!
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THIS is the best thing ....too many reasons why I love this 'cheatsheet'. Critical thinking skills truly matter in learning. Why? Because they are life skills we use every day of our lives.
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Establishing a culture of inquiry through inquiry.

As the school year commences here in the southern hemisphere, I am reminded of one of the great paradoxes of inquiry as an approach to teaching and learning. On the one hand, helping students inquire requires such forethought and curriculum knowledge - teachers need to be highly intentional and conscious as they support students through the process. On the other hand, inquiry learners need to be given opportunity and space to find the questions that matter to them and to feel that delicious sense of possibility from teachers who expect the unexpected and are willing to follow paths that might not have appeared on the 'maps' they have drawn. So, as inquiry teachers, we need to expect the unexpected,  create a map and then be prepared to veer from it....  


How will you bring an inquiry stance to the beginning of your school year?

Just wondering…

 

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A timely reminder from Kath Murdoch...How will you bring an inquiry stance to the beginning of your school year? #justwondering 
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Can You Cultivate Critical Thinking With Infographics? -

Can You Cultivate Critical Thinking With Infographics? - | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Can You Cultivate Critical Thinking With Infographics? by Latasha Doyle One of the most difficult aspects of teaching is ensuring that your students are actually evaluating the information, rather than just regurgitating it back to you. Critical thinking skills are incorporated into nearly every lesson [...]
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A very practical, fun way to assess student understanding, creativity and level of thinking on a topic or question.
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How jumping between projects provokes creativity

How jumping between projects provokes creativity | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
How jumping between projects provokes creativity
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This explains a lot (about me!)...Alternating your time between two or more creative projects will definitely help your subconscious thinking on each of them! Your brain is a magical box where once you put things into it and shake it around a bit you’ll be surprised at what comes out. Even if you’re not actively thinking about what you’ve put into it.'
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Learning: making the implicit explicit

Learning: making the implicit explicit | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
My colleagues, Chad and Glenn, and I were not feeling very good about our teaching and learning at the start of the week. We felt that our students were confused and that our teaching had recently become a series of disconnected activities. We felt that our students would probably not be able to tell anyone…
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Absolutely love this classroom! Students who question, 'Where is the Learning?', 'Why are we doing this?'...taking control of their learning and 'thinking about their thinking'.
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101 Ways For Teachers To Be More Creative

101 Ways For Teachers To Be More Creative | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
101 Ways For Teachers To Be More Creative
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'Failure is part of the creative process"...my favourite is No.24 'Embrace Weirdness' :-)

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Frances Foote's curator insight, June 15, 2016 2:25 PM

This is a great reference list for educators when looking for ways to ignite the critical thinking fire.  The list includes: think outside the box, be spontaneous, carry a notebook, don't give students the answers, and mix things up, just to name a few. By introducing some of these ways to scholars you will have completed #1 on the list which is "Be Open to New Ideas."

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A Little Moment of Wonder - Educated by Nature

A Little Moment of Wonder - Educated by Nature | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it

 To rediscover the importance of instilling sense of wonder in children, being outside, connecting to nature and using our imagination. I know these things will bring about qualities that I want to see in my child, the ability to respect animals and the environment and not needing constant entertainment, to be calm. Through the Mud Pies Nature Play group I feel confident that children can be engaged and calmly stimulated through nature

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Curiosity, wonder and a fascination in nature...let the children play in the bush I say!

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7 Ideas for Replacing Worksheets with Wonder

7 Ideas for Replacing Worksheets with Wonder | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Is "worksheet" a bad word in today's educational climate? Or have worksheets gotten a bad rap? Keep in mind that not all worksheets...
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Frances Foote's curator insight, June 15, 2016 2:35 PM

For educators who believe that the worksheet is a necessary tool for learning, this website provides stimulating yet easy ways to replace worksheets while still gauging comprehension.  These methods allow scholars to become enthralled in deep and meaningful learning experiences through creative methods.

Jheny Cifuentes Tobon's curator insight, May 26, 3:15 PM
As future teachers, we have to think on the best way to teach content to our students. The traditional strategy that most teacher use to expose students to authentic material and the real world is by means of worksheets. However, nowadays, teachers need to acknowledge the fact that there are many tools that they can use to get students practice new knowledge. In this sense, teachers need to give students the opportunity to explore it through their environment and senses; teachers have to encourage students to draw, paint and feel what they are learning. Besides, teachers can also use technology that is one of the skills that students have to develop in this century. In short words, teachers have to give students a meaningful learning experience, which goes beyond the use of a worksheet. 
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Inquiry-Based Learning: Developing Student-Driven Questions

Inquiry-Based Learning: Developing Student-Driven Questions | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Wildwood IB World Magnet School uses the inquiry-based model to put students in charge of their learning, with lessons that stem from student questions and harness the power of curiosity.
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Putting Students In Charge of Their Learning...Through inquiry, Wildwood works to ignite passion, inspire relevance, and develop ownership in their students. Using student inquiries and questions as guidance, teachers develop lessons that engage and excite, teaching their students to be active thinkers rather than passive learners
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Pam Thompson's curator insight, March 11, 2016 7:00 PM
Putting Students In Charge of Their Learning...Through inquiry, Wildwood works to ignite passion, inspire relevance, and develop ownership in their students. Using student inquiries and questions as guidance, teachers develop lessons that engage and excite, teaching their students to be active thinkers rather than passive learners
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Visible Thinking

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The core routines are a set of seven or so routines that target different types of thinking from across the modules. These routines are easy to get started with and are commonly found in Visible Thinking teachers' toolkits. Try getting started with with one of these routines.

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Fantastic thinking routines for Inquiry Learning...to encourage your students to pose questions, wonder and explore. Start with the See, Think, Wonder activity. 

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Why Inquiry Learning is Worth the Trouble

Why Inquiry Learning is Worth the Trouble | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it

INQUIRING ABOUT INQUIRY

Lehmann said it’s important to question whether alleged “personalized,” “project-based,” or “collaborative” learning efforts are actually helping students and teachers to “hold ourselves in a state of questioning.”

 

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“Inquiry means living in the soup. Inquiry means living in that uncomfortable space where we don’t know the answer.” I like the 'soup' analogy used here...what do YOU think about Inquiry Learning?

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Pam Thompson's curator insight, March 11, 2016 7:00 PM

“Inquiry means living in the soup. Inquiry means living in that uncomfortable space where we don’t know the answer.” I like the 'soup' analogy used here...what do YOU think about Inquiry Learning?