Critical Thinking Guide Critical thinking is a skill, so develop the following habits to help develop your critical thinking skills: Check the requirements of your courses What are the lecturers' expectations of their students? Introducing JimdoTV! Episode #1: Drawing with Yuki Television, Jimdo-style: Take two roving reporters from headquarters in Hamburg, load them down with video gear and send them off into the California sun. Mix in one Japanese illustrator, a few friends, and voila! The first official1 episode of JimdoTV is ready for your viewing pleasure.
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.
Developing 21st Century Critical Thinkers As we venture into the 21st century, we as a society, are faced with more innovation and challenge than ever before. We now live in an interconnected world, where the Internet and global communications are simultaneously uniting and isolating us as a society. How do we raise critical thinkers to best face the challenges that face our modern society? Critical_Thinking Clearinghouse Articles: Decision making: Interest and effort, by George Steele Articles: Improving our advisees' cultural capital, via Academic Advising Today Related Clearinghouse Resources:
Life Skills Resources - Critical Thinking Article: Developing Critical Thinking Skills In this article from our life skills examples, Dr Sara Hannam discusses the importance of developing critical thinking skills and how we can teach these skills to university level students in the EAP (English for Academic Purposes) classroom. Read the article Lesson: Critical Thinking How deeply do you think about information you read or hear? This lesson encourages students to think more critically about things like news reports, advertising and information found online.
Teacher Inspiration I Am A Teacher I was born the first moment that a question leaped from the mouth of a child. I have been many people in many places. 8 Things Everybody Ought to Know About Concentrating - StumbleUpon “Music helps me concentrate,” Mike said to me glancing briefly over his shoulder. Mike was in his room writing a paper for his U.S. History class. On his desk next to his computer sat crunched Red Bulls, empty Gatorade bottles, some extra pocket change and scattered pieces of paper. 5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students My first year teaching a literacy coach came to observe my classroom. After the students left, she commented on how I asked the whole class a question, would wait just a few seconds, and then answer it myself. "It's cute," she added.
35 Psychology-Based Learning Strategies For Deeper Learning 35 Psychology-Based Critical Thinking Strategies by Sara Briggs, opencolleges.edu.au Have you ever considered letting your students listen to hardcore punk while they take their mid-term exam? Decided to do away with Power Point presentations during your lectures? Resources to Help Promote Critical Thinking & Authentic Learning We had a lively session yesterday when Melissa Mallon of Wichita State University hosted Promoting Critical Thinking Through Authentic Learning Activities as part of our PD series. Many thanks to Melissa, and the hundreds of academic and K-12 librarians and educators who attended the session! Did have a chance to make the live session? Fret not; we have the live recording on demand for your convenience: Additional Resources
Teaching Drawing Skills, by Carolyn Holm Drawing can be a wonderful tool for creativity. But many of us lack confidence in our ability to draw. Here you'll find drawing skills lessons that can be explored in the classroom (it's also ideal for homeschoolers). This children's art lesson, by Everyday Art for Kids author Carolyn Holm, allows individual development so that each child can measure success by what he or she has accomplished, not by comparing their work to an adult's. It's a rare child who does not want to "draw better", to make a realistic rendering of a cat, a horse, a monster, the latest action figure. And realistic is the operative word here.
Critical Thinking - Making the most of your coursebook - ELT Connect I joined in yesterday in the Macmillan Education online conference and Ed Newbon’s webinar in particular on Critical Thinking Skills really got me, well…thinking. He argued that our role as teachers is changing, that nowadays it is not enough for students to only speak English, they need to have transferable skills for work, studies etc. Critical thinking is one of the skills that we can incorporate into the ELT classroom which can help students perform in the outside world. So what is critical thinking? Newbon gave several examples but in a nutshell, it is seen as higher level thinking: problem solving, making judgements, evaluation and reflection.