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Critical Thinking

Whether via classroom discussions, analysis of written text, higher-order questioning, or other strategies, learn and share ways to help students go deeper with their thinking.

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  • Discussion Protocols That Engage All Students

    Class discussions work best when everyone participates, and these strategies for grades 6 to 12 help ensure that happens.
    Darcy Bakkegard
  • Getting Fast Thinkers to Slow Down

    Talking students through how the brain works—its shortcuts and tendency to draw incorrect conclusions based on limited information—can help them study and learn better.
  • Having Students Learn by Teaching

    When high school students present a lesson, they actively engage in learning and grow their research, organizational, and speaking skills.
  • Teaching Debate Across the Curriculum

    Debating helps students strengthen their communication and objective thinking skills, and practice patience and tolerance.
  • 5 Indispensable Ways to Deepen Student Comprehension

    Simple, in-class activities—drawn from recent research—that you can use to cement hard-won student insights.
  • Documentation Panels Are a Novel Way for Students to Demonstrate Their Learning

    This innovative assessment tool has students engage in metacognitive reflection by assembling and presenting evidence of their learning.
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    Why Students Should Write in All Subjects

    Writing improves learning by consolidating information in long-term memory, researchers explain. Plus, five engaging writing activities to use in all subjects.
  • Using Street Art to Explore Hispanic Heritage

    Delving into street art can fuel conversations and learning about Hispanic and Latino culture, heritage, and identity in creative and unexpected ways.
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    Using Morning Messages to Start the Day in Distance Learning

    The morning message is a popular way to help elementary students transition into school—and it can be adapted for home learning.
  • Using Visual Thinking Strategies in the Classroom

    A visual technique developed in a museum can boost students’ classroom discourse, critical thinking, and evidence-based argumentation.
  • Empowering Students to Develop an Academic Identity

    High school teachers can move beyond forging personal connections with students to ensuring that they feel validated as learners.
  • A Critical Thinking Strategy for Student Note-Taking

    This graphic organizer guides students to categorize information while they’re taking notes, leading to deeper engagement.
  • 5 Metacognitive Questions For Students Learning New Material

    New materials can leave kids in the fog. Here are five metacognitive questions they can use to find their way and become more independent learners.
  • Guiding Students to Develop a Flexible Mindset

    The flexible mindset framework emphasizes metacognition and can help students understand the process of learning.
  • A Question Teachers Should Ask as Often as Possible

    Push students past simple recall into deeper thought and engagement by adding this short follow-up question to your repertoire.

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