There is increasing agreement among education reformers that critical thinking is an essential ingredient for long-term success for all of our students. To those naysayers, I have to disagree. Critical thinking is a thing. We can define it; we can teach it; and we can assess it. Before I dive into what we have done, I want to acknowledge that some of the criticism has merit. First, there are those that argue that critical thinking can only exist when students have a vast fund of knowledge.
Can We Teach Critical Thinking? — The Learning Scientists
As such, every teacher is looking for exciting ways to integrate it into classrooms. It means formulating your own opinions and drawing your conclusions regardless of outside influence. You can use these techniques for teaching critical thinking skills in every lesson and subject. Get creative and find different ways to incorporate them into your teaching practices. Pro Tip: If you are working remotely, as many teachers and parents are nowadays, you can easily adapt these activities to work within a virtual setting. Read on for more.
The Advantages & Disadvantages of Critical Thinking
Critical thinking is, at heart, questioning what you are told instead of taking it at face value. It is evaluating information in a rational framework where facts and reason line up to support or fail to support assertions. Critical thinking skills are highly sought, and have a number of benefits in life. However, with the upsides comes certain downsides.
Additionally, what evidence can we look to for seeing the benefits of teaching them to our learners? Critical thinking is talked about in many educational circles, but the conversations are not always about how to pursue it. Also missing in the conversation is what the next steps are for bringing it into our classrooms. What we want to do here is find a way to move past discussion and into action.