Many of us grew up watching Hirsi Braun or Bill Nye the Science Guy, and it is possible that this has led to our developing an interest in how critical thinking can be applied in the classroom. In school, students are taught to think critically and use logic to establish facts, arguments and implications.
The challenge for teachers at the beginning of the academic year is to develop a plan for incorporating the critical thinking skills of their pupils. A critical mindset is a must, as the more complex the assignment, the greater the need for this kind of thinking.
There is nothing worse than having to repeat information and trying to explain a concept that your child does not understand, and this is something that all teachers will have to face, as they try and teach critical thinking abilities to their students. Many students get caught up in the ‘flow’ of the classroom and do not fully appreciate what they are doing. They may also feel that their work is not as good as other students who do have an ‘edge’. The problem is that many teachers have very little experience of teaching students in this way.
When Hirsi Braun, Bill Nye or Ken Jennings comes on TV, they provide teachers with examples of the process of critical thinking, and often their stories are inspiring. If you hire someone to take my university exam, you will be presented with a number of examples and you must learn to apply what you have learned to the particular assignment.
Some critical thinkers spend a great deal of time thinking about the reasons they are doing the task and then actually sit down and write out the best reasons for every element of the project. This is where you must apply your own critical thinking abilities. This is called ‘critical thinking brainstorming’. A critical thinker will always look for the ‘why’ of their own ideas before they write them down.
Some critical thinkers may even think about whether the idea is even worth the time it takes to write, such as doing a survey or asking a question on a survey site, or even thinking about what questions to ask yourself before you begin with your own. This ‘why’ can help you to find the best answers to your own problems.
Critical thinking can help you create great papers and essays and get good grades. Students who are asked to carry out difficult assignments will be able to do so much better for their exams if they have had a plan for doing so.
One of the greatest teachers of all time was a critical thinker who became famous because she taught other critical thinkers at all levels. She was a teacher at an early age in a rural area and she started teaching the kids using a critical thinking approach. Her teaching style is considered to be innovative and inspirational.
Hirsi Braun uses many examples of critical thinking, as well as the examples of others. In his book, A Mind For Grammar, he has written about the process of thinking critically when preparing a paper. He gives examples of what happens when students are forced to think critically about a subject. He explains why some people will be able to make creative connections in their own ideas, while others cannot.
You can find many resources online on critical thinking, and ways for teachers to incorporate it into their classrooms. Many people are using these methods themselves to help them with teaching.
If you are a teacher who is struggling to do this type of teaching, it is very important that you keep looking for creative ideas and to think critically about every assignment that you write. Your students will benefit from it if you allow them to use your critical thinking skills.