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Helping Children Balance Creative and Critical Thinking

This prezi delivers tips to teachers on how to help their students develop creative and critical thinking skills.

Sarah Johnston

on 2 July 2013

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Transcript of Helping Children Balance Creative and Critical Thinking

Strategies for Building Creative 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
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.
Group work!
As students learn critical thinking skills
they need positive reinforcement and a
safe, from ridicule, environment.
Divergent Thinking
Teach and encourage students to look for more than one solution to a problem.
Create themes
Teach units of instruction around
unifying problems;
have students solve these
problems as part of the
unit completion.
Allow for
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
to solve
- from Alma Carrasco-Hartle
Dialogue Journals
Have students journal about what
they are learning and what they
think about it. You can write answers
to any questions they have.
-Joel Washburn
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".
-Joel Washburn
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