25 Critical Thinking Strategies For The Modern Learner
Critical Thinking

25 Critical Thinking Strategies For The Modern Learner

Critical thinking is the engine of learning. Within this complex process or so many other relevant themes that contribute to learning: creativity, analysis, evaluation, innovation, application, and scores of other verbs from various learning taxonomies. So the following infographic from Mentoring Minds is immediately relevant to all educators, and students as well. It’s a bit of…

Critical Thinking From The Ground Up
Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking From The Ground Up

Critical Thinking From The Ground Up by John Jensen Images of critical thinking in full bloom abound—teams in furious concentration to send rockets to Mars, the ferment of ideas in businesses like Apple and Google, and the patient concentration of a Nobel Prize-winning scientist.  Education’s work, however, is with the early seedlings of these fruits that…

How Simple Artifacts Can Promote Inquiry-Based Learning
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How Simple Artifacts Can Promote Inquiry-Based Learning

by John Barell, morecuriousminds The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has an exciting department, the Artifact Lab,  that can serve as a model for inquiry and inquiry-based learning. Among other examples, curators show us how they prepare mummies for exhibitions. One object that arouses my curiosity is called a “canopic box,” a wooden construction that…

15 Legitimate Ways Daydreaming Improves Thinking
Critical Thinking

15 Legitimate Ways Daydreaming Improves Thinking

15 Legitimate Ways Daydreaming Improves Thinking The student’s eyes drift to the classroom window and the teacher’s voice fades from consciousness. The daydream begins. It’s a familiar scene, one we have likely both experienced as students and struggled against in our students as teachers. But daydreaming is not what it might seem. Recent research in…

Thinking About A Lack Of Thinking
Critical Thinking

Thinking About A Lack Of Thinking

by Grant Wiggins, Ph.D, Authentic Education Lately I have been thinking a lot about thinking. More specifically, I have been thinking hard about the absence of thought in education. The absence of thought in students, teachers, administrators and policy-makers. This year’s political discourse is a wider-world reminder of the ubiquitous lack of thought on the part of…

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