Do you know what critical thinking is? Do you know how to successfully incorporate it into your classroom? If you’re a student, do you know how to think critically about a particular topic, idea, or project? This handy visual is truly a must-have for both students and teachers (and probably some parents and administrators out there) looking to expand their understanding and learning. It’s a guide to critical thinking skills complete with four (count ‘em, 4!) steps accompanied by fill-in-the-blank questions designed to pique your interest and illustrate how each step works.
In other words, keep this visual chart from Enokson handy while tackling your next project (for a PBL classroom perhaps?) or assignment. In case you were curious, here are some of the key skills that a student and / or teacher must have in order to master critical thinking:
Identification and recall of information is key here. Answer the basic questions (Who, What, Why, Where, etc.)
Organize your thoughts, select the facts, choose the ideas. Be able to interpret and paraphrase what you’re reading and learning.
Be able to use facts, rules, and apply principles. You should be able to find out information, solve problems, and give an example. This shows a higher level of understanding.
This is where the true learning really shines. Separate the whole topic or story into components / parts and pick each of these apart. Examine and then infer. Keep going! Do this for everything you’re hoping to learn about. You may just surprise yourself!