critical thinking

8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions

8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions by Terry Heick Questions can be extraordinary learning tools. A good question can open minds, shift paradigms, and force the uncomfortable but transformational cognitive dissonance that can help create thinkers. In education, we tend to value a student’s ability to answer our questions. But what might be […]

Always-On Inquiry: Why You Should Be Asking More Questions In Your Classroom

Always-On Inquiry: Why You Should Be Asking More Questions In Your Classroom by TeachThought Staff Those of us who spend our days around young children hear it all the time: “What’s that?” “Why are you doing that?” “How? Why? HowWhyWhenWhatWhy?” Children are infinitely curious – they want to understand the world around them, how it […]

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15 Questions To Ask When Introducing New Content To Students

15 Questions To Ask When Introducing New Content To Students by Terry Heick It just might be that in a society where information is abundant, thinking habits are more important than knowledge. Somewhere beneath wisdom and above the ‘things’ a student knows. Laws of economics say that scarcity increases value. It’s no longer information that’s scarce, […]

35 Psychology-Based Critical Thinking Strategies

35 Psychology-Based Critical Thinking Strategies  by Sara Briggs, opencolleges.edu.au Have you ever considered letting your students listen to hardcore punk while they take their mid-term exam? Decided to do away with Power Point presentations during your lectures? Urged your students to memorize more in order to remember more? If the answer is no, you may want […]

Thinking About Your Content Area: Kaplan’s Depth & Complexity Chart

Thinking About Your Content Area: Kaplan’s Depth & Complexity Chart by TeachThought Staff Framing content is among the most powerful strategies teachers have to engage students and promote deep understanding of content. One example is project-based learning, which is both an instructional design tool for teachers, as well as a (potentially) engaging ways for learners […]

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50 Questions To Help Students Think About What They Think

50 Questions To Help Students Think About What They Think contributed by Lisa Chesser Using the right questions creates powerful, sometimes multiple answers and discussions. Aristotle said that he asked questions in response to other people’s views, while Socrates focused on disciplined questioning to get to the truth of the matter. Ultimately questions spark imagination, […]

126 Bloom’s Taxonomy Verbs For Digital Learning

126 Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy Verbs For Digital Learning by TeachThought Staff At TeachThought, we’re enthusiastic supporters of any learning taxonomy. (We even created our own, the TeachThought Learning Taxonomy.) Put simply, learning taxonomies help us think about how learning happens. Even if they’re ‘not good’ as we’ve often seen the DOK framework described, they still […]

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Why What Students Don’t Know Is More Important Than What They Do

Why What Students Don’t Know Is More Important Than What They Do by Terry Heick For me, my biggest takeaway from college was learning what I didn’t know. So many passionate, crazy-smart people–teachers and students–that modeled for me learning as I hadn’t seen it before. Entire courses on single ideas I wouldn’t have given a […]

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Planning For Critical Thinking: A 5-Step Model

Planning For Critical Thinking: A 5-Step Model by TeachThought Staff Like anything else that you’d like to see happen in your classroom, promoting critical thinking skills is a matter of planning and priority. While teachers are often admonished to push students towards higher-level thinking activities, beyond Bloom’s Taxonomy (or one of TeachThought’s own learning taxonomies), […]

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