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December 26, 2014 Questioning is the key to critical thinking and through questions students get to explore the deep layers of meanings that would otherwise go unnoticed. Of course not all questions have this analytical ability. For instance, closed questions tend to limit the thinking choices available for students. In today's post, I am sharing with you this mini guide created by Foundation of Critical Thinking which you can use with your students to help them better comprehend and apply critical thinking in their learning. I learned about this great resource from a post shared by Education to Save The World. Image credit: Foundation of Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking Pathways Critical thinking is trendy these days. With 6.3 million hits resulting from a Google search -- six times "Bloom's Taxonomy" -- its importance is undeniable. Worldwide, critical thinking (CT) is integrated into finger-painting lessons, units on Swiss immigrants, discussions of Cinderella, and the Common Core State Standards. In short, critical thinking is more beloved than Egyptian cotton. Definitions abound. "Seeing both sides of an issue." -- Daniel Willingham "An ability to use reason to move beyond the acquisition of facts to uncover deep meaning." -- Robert Weissberg "A reflective and reasonable thought process embodying depth, accuracy, and astute judgment to determine the merit of a decision, an object, or a theory." -- Huda Umar Alwehaibi "Self-guided, self-disciplined thinking which attempts to reason at the highest level of quality in a fair-minded way." -- Linda Elder Jarno M. Meanwhile, watch out for CT posers. "How is that critical thinking?" Joe Lau's CT Framework Inquiry

PowerPoint Doesn’t Suck; 10 Ideas To Make it Great I have often heard of people saying, “we shouldn’t just keep teaching our kids PowerPoint anymore”‘ as if it is some terrible technology. Presentation software (PowerPoint, HaikuDeck, Keynote, Prezi, etc.) is actually pretty simple once you get the hang of it, but as with many things surrounding the technology, we need to go way past how to create something, and focus on how we use it. For example, if you create a PowerPoint with tons of text that is hard to read, and you simply copy and paste mass amounts of information into slide after slide, with no compelling visuals, the use of the technology is weal, not the technology itself. It has done its job. If I wanted to read an essay, I wouldn’t necessarily want to read it from a PowerPoint. Here are some of the quick tips that I would suggest in teaching these presentation skills: I like to use a simple font throughout that is easy to read and consistent throughout.

Méthodes pédagogiques : plaidoyer pour l’apprentissage profond Au milieu des années 1970, quelques chercheurs ont élaboré la théorie de l’apprentissage profond. Ils soulignaient l’importance pour les étudiants d’exercer leur pensée critique, de créer du lien entre les concepts et de relier les nouvelles notions aux connaissances dont ils disposaient. Un ensemble de démarches qui correspond bien à ce qui se passe lorsqu’on utilise les cartes mentales, conceptuelles ou argumentaires. Cela fait maintenant quelques années (doux euphémisme !) Quelques années aussi que je recherche inlassablement outils et méthodes pédagogiques pour leur offrir le meilleur et surtout pour les aider à réaliser leur potentiel. Cliquez sur la mindmap Mindomo pour ouvrir la carte mentale interactive dans une autre fenêtre : Méthodes pédagogiques Approche profonde versus approche de surface J’ai trouvé un article de l’Université d’Oxford qui résume très bien les trouvailles de Marton et Säljö. Cliquez sur la carte conceptuelle pour ouvrir la présentation en ligne : Absolument pas !

The 18 Best Infographics Of 2014 You could sift through piles of dense data sets in an attempt to understand the trends and discoveries that emerged in history, psychology, current events, and even fictional dragons in 2014. Or you could look at these infographics, which visualize otherwise overwhelming data as beautiful charts, graphs, and maps. Co.Design's Infographic of the Day series regularly showcases the best in data visualization, and this past year saw many stellar examples of the power of the well-designed visualization to illuminate information about nearly any subject, from the serious (the daily activities of Congress) to the frivolous (a visual compendium of the world's best dogs). We couldn't resist promoting Co.Design's own in-house data visualizations: the Great Wheel of Food Mashups and a map of each U.S. state's weirdest eating patterns (we're a bit food-fixated, apparently). Here, our favorite infographics from the past year. The Sleep Schedules Of 27 Of History's Greatest Minds Cats.

25 Strangest Geological Formations On Earth Defining Critical Thinking It entails the examination of those structures or elements of thought implicit in all reasoning: purpose, problem, or question-at-issue; assumptions; concepts; empirical grounding; reasoning leading to conclusions; implications and consequences; objections from alternative viewpoints; and frame of reference. Critical thinking — in being responsive to variable subject matter, issues, and purposes — is incorporated in a family of interwoven modes of thinking, among them: scientific thinking, mathematical thinking, historical thinking, anthropological thinking, economic thinking, moral thinking, and philosophical thinking. Critical thinking can be seen as having two components: 1) a set of information and belief generating and processing skills, and 2) the habit, based on intellectual commitment, of using those skills to guide behavior. Critical thinking varies according to the motivation underlying it. Another Brief Conceptualization of Critical Thinking Why Critical Thinking? (Edward M.

How to Give (and Receive) Positive Criticism This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources, and insights to entrepreneurs and business owners. The article below was originally published at There is nothing pleasant about criticism. Even the best intentioned critique still stings. So whether you are reviewing an employee, family member or friend, here are five tips for giving criticism in a way it will be appreciated and well received. 1. Ask yourself what is the best possible outcome of this critique. On the other hand, if you find yourself the target of an attack, see if you can diffuse the situation by asking your critics what they hope to accomplish. 2. Consider the time and place for your critique. If you’re the one in the hot seat and you feel threatened or embarrassed by your environment when being critiqued, speak up. 3. Your subject has a strong inner voice during a critique and is likely anxious, so keep your critique brief and to the point. 4. 5.

Dix constats clés de la recherche cognitive sur l’apprentissage (Schneider & Stern, 2010) - Bloc notes de Jean Heutte : sérendipité, phronèsis et ataraxie sont les trois mamelles qui nourrissent l'Épicurien de la connaissance ;-) 1. L’apprentissage est une activité exercée par l’apprenant L’enseignant ne peut pas intervenir dans le cerveau de ses élèves pour y insérer de nouveaux éléments de savoir. Les connaissances que chacun possède ne sont accessibles qu’à lui seul. C’est donc l’apprenant qui doit créer lui-même de nouvelles structures de connaissance. Ce constat peut paraître évident, mais il a de profondes implications. Dès lors, l’enseignant ne doit pas se contenter de bonnes connaissances pédagogiques et de bonnes connaissances du contenu de la discipline qu’il enseigne, mais il doit aussi avoir une bonne connaissance du contenu pédagogique, c’est-à-dire comprendre comment les apprenants construisent leurs savoirs dans un domaine donné (Schulman, 1987). 2. L’enseignant ne peut aider ses élèves que s’il connaît leurs acquis. Dans l’exemple donné en introduction, l’enseignant n’a pas tenu compte des connaissances de ses élèves. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Conclusions

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The Six Types of Chemical Reaction All chemical reactions can be placed into one of six categories. Here they are, in no particular order: 1) Combustion: A combustion reaction is when oxygen combines with another compound to form water and carbon dioxide. These reactions are exothermic, meaning they produce heat. 2) Synthesis: A synthesis reaction is when two or more simple compounds combine to form a more complicated one. One example of a synthesis reaction is the combination of iron and sulfur to form iron (II) sulfide: 8 Fe + S8 ---> 8 3) Decomposition: A decomposition reaction is the opposite of a synthesis reaction - a complex molecule breaks down to make simpler ones. One example of a decomposition reaction is the electrolysis of water to make oxygen and hydrogen gas: 4) Single displacement: This is when one element trades places with another element in a compound. One example of a single displacement reaction is when magnesium replaces hydrogen in water to make magnesium hydroxide and hydrogen gas:

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