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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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    Visible thinking routines that encourage students to document and share their ideas can have a profound effect on their learning.
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  • Teaching Students to Evaluate Websites

    A few pointers on how to guide middle and high school students to determine whether a website offers accurate information.
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  • How to Set Up Authentic Assignments in High School English

    Assignments that align with standards and hone students’ critical thinking skills can boost their engagement in learning.
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    Asset-based teaching starts from the idea that every student has something to share, and these activities get everyone talking.
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  • Promoting Self-Direction Through Better Feedback

    When students get the right feedback at the right time, they move closer to becoming independent learners.
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  • 5 Ways to Increase Students’ Engagement in Writing

    Upper elementary teachers can make small shifts in how they teach writing to spark students’ interest and promote critical thinking.
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  • Using the Socratic Method In Your Classroom

    Students can sharpen their critical thinking and communication skills by answering a series of focused questions on their reading.
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  • How School Leaders Can Support Enhanced Rigor in Instruction

    With the right guidance, teachers can promote students’ independence in the pursuit of challenging goals.
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