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 the human mind is one of egocentrism.”
“To think well, we must routinely critique our egocentric tendencies and transform irrational thinking to rational thinking.”
Can we take a moment to critique our own thoughts, identify areas of egocentrism and come to more rational conclusions? Even better, could we model this thinking aloud for our students? Could be a great way to kick off 2014!