Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking: More Than ‘Higher-Order’ Cognition

10 Benefits Of Inquiry-Based Learning

10 Benefits Of Inquiry-Based Learning by TeachThought Staff Inquiry-based learning is a term that educators and parents alike hear bandied about without a clear sense of exactly what it is, why it’s effective, how it works, and what its benefits are. For now, let’s define inquiry-based learning simply as an open-ended approach to learning guided […]

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Every School Is A Think Tank

Every School Is A Think Tank by Terry Heick Every school is a think tank. Every school, by design, opens it doors to the brightest developing minds a community has to offer. Each one of those students has unique talents, and is plugged into a complex network of resources both human and otherwise. It’s the […]

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5 Absurd Myths About Critical Thinking

5 Absurd Myths About Critical Thinking  by Karin Hess, Ed.D. ed note: We have published content in the past with references to Webb’s DOK framework, and it is often met with pushback as having been “debunked.” While that’s another post of its own, if you count yourself among the DOK critics, the myths Hess offers […]

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Can You Cultivate Critical Thinking With Infographics?

Can You Cultivate Critical Thinking With Infographics? by Latasha Doyle One of the most difficult aspects of teaching is ensuring that your students are actually evaluating the information, rather than just regurgitating it back to you. Critical thinking skills are incorporated into nearly every lesson plan now, especially with the implementation of Common Core State […]

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Bertrand Russell’s 10 Essential Rules Of Critical Thinking

Bertrand Russell’s 10 Essential Rules Of Critical Thinking By Terry Heick For a field of study that explores the nature of knowledge, Philosophy has had a surprisingly small impact on education. Most formal academic ‘platforms’ like public schools and universities tend to parse knowledge into content areas–what is being learned–rather than how and why it […]

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Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy Verbs For 21st Century Students

Graphic: Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy Verbs by TeachThought Staff Bloom’s Taxonomy makes the education world go ’round. In one model is a framework that not only lays out for teachers the kinds of thinking that we, as humans, tend towards, but also provides a kind of hierarchy that etches out the possible progression of that thinking. […]

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Create A Curriculum That Questions The Purpose Of Knowledge

“Curriculum that questions the purpose of knowledge.” by Terry Heick In our recent post, Education’s Curious Fascination With Uniformity, reader James Foss left a useful comment that had within it an interesting concept–the “purpose of knowledge.” “Is it the standards that dictate curriculum or assessment practices that dictate pedagogy? It is possible the current standardized […]

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