How to think critically and analytically As a student, you may be asked to think critically or for a critical or analytical analysis. This page explains what this means and how to do it. Thinking critically Critical thinking is a process used to think about and evaluate information and reach a conclusion. Used in this context, the word 'critical’ is not negative, it merely means that you shouldn’t automatically accept that information is valid, true, applicable or correct. Instead, you should gather the evidence, analyse all aspects rationally and objectively, and with an open mind, so as to reach your own conclusion. Here are some guidelines to help you think critically: Start with all the information you have Make sure you include everything: what you’ve read, seen, heard, done or been told about the topic.Do you have enough information, or do you need to do more reading/research? What do you have to do with the information? What do you think about the problem/issue? What exactly do you think about the issue? Analyse the information
38 Question Starters based on Bloom’s Taxonomy - Curriculet Curriculet is free for teachers and students. Get started here. This is the 2nd post in a series on how to write better curriculets (and literacy curriculum). Using Bloom’s Taxonomy to Write Curriculets By Lindsey Howe, Curriculet writer and teacher During the five months I have been writing for Curriculet, I have experimented with many different ways to tackle question-crafting. While looking for ways to improve my questions, I discovered this list of 38 question starters based on Bloom’s Taxonomy. List of Question Starter Based on Bloom’s Taxonomy This list moves through the 6 taxonomy levels with questions for each one. Level 1: Remember – Recalling Information Key words: Recognize, List, Describe, Retrieve, Name, Find, Match, Recall, Select, Label, Define, Tell Question Starters: What is…? Level 2: Understand – Demonstrate an understanding of facts, concepts and ideas Can you explain why…? Level 3: Apply – Solve problems by applying knowledge, facts, techniques and rules in a unique way
Critical and Creative Thinking - Bloom's Taxonomy What are critical thinking and creative thinking? What's Bloom's taxonomy and how is it helpful in project planning? How are the domains of learning reflected in technology-rich projects? Benjamin Bloom (1956) developed a classification of levels of intellectual behavior in learning. Critical Thinking Critical thinking involves logical thinking and reasoning including skills such as comparison, classification, sequencing, cause/effect, patterning, webbing, analogies, deductive and inductive reasoning, forecasting, planning, hypothesizing, and critiquing. Creative thinking involves creating something new or original. Knowledge Examples: dates, events, places, vocabulary, key ideas, parts of diagram, 5Ws Comprehension Examples: find meaning, transfer, interpret facts, infer cause & consequence, examples Application Examples: use information in new situations, solve problems Analysis Examples: recognize and explain patterns and meaning, see parts and wholes Synthesis Evaluation Affective Domain
A proposed framework for teaching and evaluating critical thinking ... How to Teach Your Kids Critical Thinking Skills: A Great Introductory Resource With two 5-year-olds and a 4-year-old in our family, bad logic frequently permeates our home. Here are two conversations just from yesterday: Me to my 4-year-old daughter: “Can you please put that blue ball away?” My daughter: “Mommy, I’m not wearing blue today. Logic fail: Not wearing blue has nothing to do with whether or not you got the ball out. Me to my 5-year-old daughter: “It looks like you need to go potty. My daughter: “No, mommy I don’t need to go.” Me: “Then why are you walking like a duck?” My daughter: “Because I need to go potty.” Me: “You just said you didn’t.” My daughter: “Right, because I don’t.” Logic fail: Totally inconsistent responses. It’s pretty easy for adults to call out kids when they’re using poor logic. Consider the following statement that commonly gets tossed around the internet. “Religion is just an accident of geography. (This is called a genetic fallacy – saying something can’t be true because of where it began, how it began, or who began it.
Designing a Framework for Critical Thinking - The Cengage Learning Blog A, well, critical part of ensuring that students reach a higher level of understanding is by promoting critical thinking in your course. By challenging students to tap into higher-order thinking skills, you’re not only working to help them fully understand a topic or an idea, you’re training them to think critically about the world around them. It’s with this in mind that we’re revisiting the article below, written by Cengage Learning Instructional Designer Jason Lancaster, that provides some tips for you to remember when designing with critical thinking in mind. Following Jason’s article, check out five tips from Connie Staley’s FOCUS on College Success that you can share with your students to help hone their critical thinking skills. How do you incorporate critical thinking into your course activities? Share your ideas, efforts, and successes in the Comments section below! Guest Contributor: Jason Lancaster, M.Ed, Instructional Designer, Cengage Learning Post Author: Heather Mooney.
Training Guide - Critical Thinking in the Digital Age Classroom (3-6 hours) - TexQuest - TexQuest at Education Service Center, Region 20 Duration: 6 hours (may be shortened to 3 hours) Audience: School Library Media Specialists, Library Administrators, Teachers, Curriculum Directors, Instructional Technology Specialists Abstract: Find out how TexQuest can help teachers and school librarians create collaborative units of study that address research skills as well as high levels of inquity. Learn about best practices in collaboration and integration of these digital resources into the K-12 curriculum. Course Objectives: Introduce participants to best practices in collaboration, model how TexQuest resources support AASL’s Standards for the 21st Century Learners and the 4 Cs -communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity, and encourage participants to pursue collaborative opportunities to enhance teaching and learning. Participant Outcomes: Participants will understand and be able to articulate the value of teacher-librarian collaboration.
Your Brain Map: 84 Strategies for Accelerated Learning Critical Thinking with Garfield Gini-Newman | Engaging All Learners Teachers and 21st century curricula recognize critical thinking as one of the most important educational goals. Yet it can be challenging to embed in everyday teaching. Teachers ask, "What are practical and effective ways to invite critical thinking? The following resources provide research based and philosophical underpinnings to support this topic. The Critical Thinking Consortium Library of professional resources Collections of practical ideas, actual classroom experiences and engaging professional articles and videos about critical thinking.
249 Bloom's Taxonomy Verbs For Critical Thinking Bloom’s Taxonomy’s verbs–also know as power verbs or thinking verbs–are extraordinarily powerful instructional planning tools. In fact, next to the concept of backwards-design and power standards, they are likely the most useful tool a teacher-as-learning-designer has access to. Why? They can be used for curriculum mapping, assessment design, lesson planning, personalizing and differentiating learning, and almost any other “thing” a teacher–or student–has to do. For example, if a standard asks students to infer and demonstrate an author’s position using evidence from the text, there’s a lot built into that kind of task. First a student has to be able to define what an “author’s position” is and what “evidence from the text” means (Knowledge-level). Though the chart below reads left to right, it’s ideal to imagine it as a kind of incline, with Knowledge at the bottom, and Create at the top. 249 Bloom’s Taxonomy Verbs For Critical Thinking
Resources and Downloads for Teaching Critical Thinking Tips for downloading: PDF files can be viewed on a wide variety of platforms -- both as a browser plug-in or a stand-alone application -- with Adobe's free Acrobat Reader program. Click here to download the latest version of Adobe Reader. Click on any title link below to view or download that file. Resources On This Page: Lesson Plans & Rubrics KIPP King Curriculum Planning Guide <img height="12" width="11" class="media-image media-element file-content-image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/content_image_breakpoints_theme_edutopia_desktop_1x/public/content/08/pdficon.gif? Back to Top Tools for Critical Thinking Scope and Sequence, Speech and Composition <img alt="" title="" class="media-image" width="11" height="12" src="/sites/default/files/styles/content_image_breakpoints_theme_edutopia_desktop_1x/public/content/08/pdficon.gif? Culture at KIPP
Vialogues, a Web 2.0 tool supporting 21st Century learning skills Address: Vialogues is a Web 2.0 tool providing a platform for asynychronous discussions centered around videos. While videos can engage students, the addition of meaningful commentaries increases student learning. This Web 2.0 teaching tool is easy to integrate into the curriculum. The video is seen on the left side of the page and comments appear on the right side. The "Q&A" tool lets you add a poll to the discussion - an easy way to assess student learning. 21st Century Skills This Web 2.0 teaching tool allows asynchronous discussion that develops viewers' communication skills. In the Classroom What makes video effective for learning? Ways to Use Vialogues in the Classroom This lesson is an excellent example of using this Web 2.0 tool in the classroom. In-Class Activity for High Schoolers: 9/11 Ten Years Later Tutorial NOTE: Videos that you upload to the site can be up to 1GB in these formats: .mov .flv .mp4 .mpeg .avl Video Tutorial Safety Concerns