Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking: More Than ‘Higher-Order’ Cognition

35 Psychology-Based Critical Thinking Strategies

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? Urged your students to memorize more in order to remember more? If the answer is no, you may want […]

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Thinking About Your Content Area: Kaplan’s Depth & Complexity Chart

Thinking About Your Content Area: Kaplan’s Depth & Complexity Chart by TeachThought Staff Framing content is among the most powerful strategies teachers have to engage students and promote deep understanding of content. One example is project-based learning, which is both an instructional design tool for teachers, as well as a (potentially) engaging ways for learners […]

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50 Questions To Help Students Think About What They Think

50 Questions To Help Students Think About What They Think contributed by Lisa Chesser Using the right questions creates powerful, sometimes multiple answers and discussions. Aristotle said that he asked questions in response to other people’s views, while Socrates focused on disciplined questioning to get to the truth of the matter. Ultimately questions spark imagination, […]

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126 Bloom’s Taxonomy Verbs For Digital Learning

126 Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy Verbs For Digital Learning by TeachThought Staff At TeachThought, we’re enthusiastic supporters of any learning taxonomy. (We even created our own, the TeachThought Learning Taxonomy.) Put simply, learning taxonomies help us think about how learning happens. Even if they’re ‘not good’ as we’ve often seen the DOK framework described, they still […]

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Why What Students Don’t Know Is More Important Than What They Do

Why What Students Don’t Know Is More Important Than What They Do by Terry Heick For me, my biggest takeaway from college was learning what I didn’t know. So many passionate, crazy-smart people–teachers and students–that modeled for me learning as I hadn’t seen it before. Entire courses on single ideas I wouldn’t have given a […]

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Planning For Critical Thinking: A 5-Step Model

Planning For Critical Thinking: A 5-Step Model by TeachThought Staff Like anything else that you’d like to see happen in your classroom, promoting critical thinking skills is a matter of planning and priority. While teachers are often admonished to push students towards higher-level thinking activities, beyond Bloom’s Taxonomy (or one of TeachThought’s own learning taxonomies), […]

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48 Critical Thinking Questions For Any Content Area

48 Critical Thinking Questions For Any Content Area by Ashley McCann  Critical thinking is the heart and soul of learning, and–in our estimation anyway–ultimately more important than any one specific content area or subject matter. It’s also an over-used and rather nebulous phrase — how do you teach someone to think? Of course that’s the purpose […]

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3 Modes Of Thinking: Lateral, Divergent & Convergent Thought

3 Modes Of Thinking: Lateral, Divergent & Convergent Thought by TeachThought Staff TeachThought is about, more than anything else, human improvement. A core tenet of humanity is our ability to think critically and with imagination and creativity. Therefore, it makes sense that our ability–and decision t0–do this consistently in some ways defines us as a species. […]

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