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Helping Children Balance Creative and Critical Thinking
Transcript of Helping Children Balance Creative and Critical Thinking
Strategies for Building Critical Thinking
Helping Students Balance
Creative and Critical Thinking
Teach communications skills and encourage the students to use them!
-one way is through the communication contract, which allows for ethical communication which in turn allows risk-taking.
Small groups of 3-4 students allow for more risk-taking behavior as the students don't have to worry about looking stupid in front of their peers
Use questions to move up Bloom's Taxonomy.
-Put up a poster with Bloom's taxonomy and question verbs so you and the students can refer to it when designing questions.
Start where the students are at.
When using Bloom's taxonomy, start at a low level to build confidence.
Then move up the taxonomy as the students are ready.
As students learn critical thinking skills
they need positive reinforcement and a
safe, from ridicule, environment.
Teach and encourage students to look for more than one solution to a problem.
Teach units of instruction around
have students solve these
problems as part of the
Teach conflict resolution and
management skills so that the
inevitable conflict doesn't get
out of hand.
Have students work in groups to teach each other based on questions you have prepared.
Use Open-Ended Questions
In addition to using open-ended
questions, ask students to
defend their answers!
Problem of the Week
Post a "Problem of the Week" for students
- from Alma Carrasco-Hartle
Have students journal about what
they are learning and what they
think about it. You can write answers
to any questions they have.
Paper Bag Intro's
Have students bring a few things
about themselves that they can fit
in a paper bag.
Then have a "show and tell".