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Public Library of Critical Thinking Resources. Questioning Strategies — Verso Learning. Questioning Toolkit. Essential Questions These are questions which touch our hearts and souls.

Questioning Toolkit

They are central to our lives. They help to define what it means to be human. Most important thought during our lives will center on such essential questions. What does it mean to be a good friend? If we were to draw a cluster diagram of the Questioning Toolkit, Essential Questions would be at the center of all the other types of questions. All the other questions and questioning skills serve the purpose of "casting light upon" or illuminating Essential Questions.

Most Essential Questions are interdisciplinary in nature. Rediquest - Home. Teaching strategies. Global education covers complex and controversial issues.

Teaching strategies

This is a selection of teaching and learning approaches that develop knowledge and skills to respond to global issues. Freedom fighter or terrorist? Passionate or one-eyed? Passive resistance or civil uprising? Illegal arrival or asylum seeker? The words used and our interpretation of images and statistics are an insight into our perspective or bias – our view of the world. Global education aims to assist students to recognise bias in written and visual texts, consider different points of view and make judgements about how bias can lead to discrimination and inequality.

Activities to help students understand bias: Younger students might rewrite a well-known story from a different perspective – for example, Little Red Riding Hood rewritten from the perspective of the wolf. Cartoons are a great way to challenge thinking about an issue. Cartoons can be used in the global education classroom to: Activities Tell a story Useful websites. 10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking.

One of education’s primary goals is to groom the next generation of little humans to succeed in the “real world.”

10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking

Yes, there are mounds of curricula they must master in a wide breadth of subjects, but education does not begin and end with a textbook or test. Other skills must be honed, too, not the least of which is how to get along with their peers and work well with others. What Are 21st-Century Skills? Learning to collaborate with others and connect through technology are essential skills in a knowledge-based economy.

What Are 21st-Century Skills?

ATC21S started with a group of more than 250 researchers across 60 institutions worldwide who categorized 21st-century skills internationally into four broad categories: Ways of thinking. Creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making and learningWays of working. Communication and collaborationTools for working. Information and communications technology (ICT) and information literacySkills for living in the world. The ATC21S project has now moved from conceptual to practical, working with two skills that span all four categories: Collaborative problem-solving. Blooms, learning styles and thinking organisers. How do thinking/graphical organisers or mind mapping tools fit with Learning styles and Bloom's Revised taxonomy.

blooms, learning styles and thinking organisers

The key element to a thinking or graphical organiser is, in my opinion, the key or focusing question. No matter how complex or developing the model or organiser you are using, if the focusing question or topic is weak the end result will be poor. Bloom's arranges various activities in terms of increasing complexity going from Low Order Thinking skills to Higher Order Thinking skills. They represent the learning process, to understand one must remember, to apply a concept you must understand it etc Simple mind maps and concept diagrams are a brilliant tool for enabling students to remember and understand. Key Words Interpreting Exemplifying Summarising Inferring Paraphrasing Classifying Comparing ExplainingRecognising Listing Describing Identifying Retrieving Naming Locating/Finding Model Simple Flowchart This is a simple concept linking to next concept.

Simple Concept map Models. Bloom's and the Three Storey Intellect. A colleague has given me an excellent poster she has developed on the three storey intellect.

Bloom's and the Three Storey Intellect

As a taxonomy of higher and lower order thinking, it is a clean and simple model. The three storey intellect was inspired Oliver Wendell Holmes. “There are one-storey intellects, two-storey intellects, and three-storey intellects with skylights. All fact collectors who have no aim beyond their facts are one-storeymen. Two-storey men compare, reason, generalize, using the labor of fact collectors as their own. Created by A Churches image source: