Brainstorm Before Everything You Do One of the easiest and most effective ways to get young children to think critically is to brainstorm. Classify and Categorize Classification plays an important role in critical thinking because it requires students to understand and apply a set of rules.
Structured problem-solving can be used in conjunction with several other cooperative learning structures. Have the participants brainstorm or select a problem for them to consider.
Assign numbers to members of each group or use playing cards. Have each member of the group be a different number or suit. Discuss task as group. Each participant should be prepared to respond. Each member of the group needs to understand the response well enough to give the response with no help from the other members of the group.
Ask an individual from each group to respond. Call on the individual by number or suit. Give them one minute and time them.
This activity focuses them on the content and can also provide feedback to you as a teacher. What was the most important or useful thing you learned today? What two important questions do you still have; what remains unclear?
What would you like to know more about? Students discuss key points and look for divergent and convergent thinking and ideas. Together students prepare a composite annotation that summarizes the article, chapter, or concept.
TOP Structured Learning Team Group Roles When putting together groups, you may want to consider assigning or having students select their roles for the group. Students may also rotate group roles depending on the activity. Potential group roles and their functions include: Leader - The leader is responsible for keeping the group on the assigned task at hand.
The leader may also want to check to make sure that all of the group members have mastered the learning points of a group exercise. Recorder - The recorder picks and maintains the group files and folders on a daily basis and keeps records of all group activities including the material contributed by each group member.
The recorder writes out the solutions to problems for the group to use as notes or to submit to the instructor. The recorder may also prepare presentation materials when the group makes oral presentations to the class.
Wildcard in groups of five - The wildcard acts as an assistant to the group leader and assumes the role of any member that may be missing. TOP Send-A-Problem Send-A-Problem can be used as a way to get groups to discuss and review material, or potential solutions to problems related to content information.
Each member of a group generates a problem and writes it down on a card. Each member of the group then asks the question to other members.
If the question can be answered and all members of the group agree on the answer, then that answer is written on the back of the card.
If there is no consensus on the answer, the question is revised so that an answer can be agreed upon. The group puts a Q on the side of the card with the question on it, and an A on the side of the card with an answer on it. Each group sends its question cards to another group.Teacher’s Questioning and Students’ Critical Thinking in College EFL Reading Classroom Ping Shen1, Butsakorn teacher’s questioning, critical thinking, the Cognitive higher-cognitive question In the classroom, teacher’s questioning is used most frequently as one of teaching techniques to initiate classroom talk (Richards, Plat.
English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) students attending mainstream university courses for the first time struggle with language proficiency issues and have to adjust to unfamiliar pedagogical concepts, including an emphasis on critical thinking.
Characteristics of Critical Thinking. Wade () identifies eight characteristics of critical thinking.
Critical thinking involves asking questions, defining a problem, examining evidence, analyzing assumptions and biases, avoiding emotional reasoning, avoiding oversimplification, considering other interpretations, and tolerating ambiguity.
Students need to "develop and effectively apply critical thinking skills to their academic studies, to the complex problems that they will face, and to the critical choices they will be forced to make as a result of the information explosion and other rapid technological changes" (Oliver & Utermohlen, p.
On May 25 th at the Computers & Writing Conference, Kairos awarded Teacher-Scholar-Activist the John Lovas award for best academic blog. The editors of TSA are deeply honored. We want to thank the committee and all of our contributors from the last year and a half.
John Lovas was a teacher, scholar, and public intellectual whose work continues to influence the Teacher-Scholar-Activist. There are many classroom strategies to help teachers teach critical thinking, and it is teacher questioning that has one of the greatest impacts on student thinking.
The level of student thinking, in fact, is directly proportional to the level of questions asked .