Most of our blog posts about critical thinking borrow ideas and resources from the Foundation for Critical Thinking, and this one is no exception. If somehow you have missed the classroom-ready organizers, handouts, rubrics, and strategies from our previous posts, fear not. They are ALL essentially compiled in this PDF of "The Aspiring Thinker's Guide… Continue reading An entire critical thinking curriculum in one booklet
We all want our students to be better thinkers, right? But do we practice what we hope to see in them? We agree with the Foundation for Critical Thinking's assertion that: "Humans typically create thought that is vague, fragmented, contradictory, egocentric, sociocentric and lacking in foundational insights. This is so because the natural state of… Continue reading Think about…egocentric tendencies
This morning as I sat down to prepare for my class, I realized that I had not thought about the problem of "mother robin teaching" in quite some time...and it was creeping back into my classroom unintentionally. For this Thursday's "think about," we consider the metaphor of the mother robin chewing up food to nurture… Continue reading Think about…mother robin teaching
Today we hear from Dr. Rush Cosgrove, Research Fellow and Historian for the Foundation for Critical Thinking. Rush holds a PhD from Cambridge University, where he wrote his dissertation about how to improve the teaching and learning of critical thinking in higher education. We interviewed Rush a few weeks ago at the 33rd Annual International… Continue reading Your turn: Critical thinking and creativity with Dr. Rush Cosgrove
Today we have the pleasure of hearing directly from a student -- recent graduate Marquis Thompson from Cesar Chavez Public Charter School in Washington, DC. We asked Marquis (center, below) to respond to a few questions and share his thoughts on critical thinking. 1) When have you had the opportunity to do "critical thinking" at… Continue reading Your turn: What do students say about critical thinking?