Stage 3: Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking – Is there an app for that?

I recently asked my students to reflect on our first unit of study and present their reflections to me. They needed to identify and explain what they learned using the Foundation for Critical Thinking's "Elements of Thought"... ...and then evaluate their understanding using the Foundation's "Intellectual Standards." Then they assigned themselves a grade for the… Continue reading Critical Thinking – Is there an app for that?

Stage 4: Disciplinary Thinking

What is the purpose of academic subjects?

  "The best way to understand circles is to reinvent the wheel."   Nicholas Negroponte, Founder MIT Media Lab   My thinking about the purpose of academic subjects has evolved quite a bit over the last decade. Even the use of the word "disciplines" instead of "subjects" demonstrates how my thinking has changed. What I used… Continue reading What is the purpose of academic subjects?

Stage 3: Critical Thinking

Your turn: What do students say about critical thinking?

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?

Stage 3: Critical Thinking

3 Simple Strategies to Develop Students’ Critical Thinking

This week we've focused on critical thinking using the model developed by the Foundation for Critical Thinking. By now you're probably excited about the incredible potential that these tools hold...and a little overwhelmed. Where to start? Simple. 1) TELL students that you want them to work on their thinking. You might start this way: "In… Continue reading 3 Simple Strategies to Develop Students’ Critical Thinking