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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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  • Boosting Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum

    Visible thinking routines that encourage students to document and share their ideas can have a profound effect on their learning.
    Jorge Valenzuela
  • 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.
  • How Kids Can Overcome the Awkwardness of Asking for Help

    There are many reasons students don’t ask for help. Research shows there are strategies to help them overcome their reluctance.
  • Using Metacognition to Enhance Learning in All Grades

    When students use a questioning strategy to think about their own thinking, they can see how to transfer their learning to new situations.
  • Teaching Black History, Thought, and Culture Through Art

    From Alma Thomas to Jean-Michel Basquiat and Augusta Savage, here are eight remarkable artists to talk about in class—and art projects inspired by their work.
  • 5 Tips for Becoming an Apolitical Teacher

    Remaining politically neutral in the classroom opens up space for students to debate and discover their own beliefs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • What Is Education For?

    Read an excerpt from a new book by Sir Ken Robinson and Kate Robinson, which calls for redesigning education for the future.
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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.
  • 3 Activities That Guide Every Student to Contribute in Class

    Asset-based teaching starts from the idea that every student has something to share, and these activities get everyone talking.
  • Promoting Self-Direction Through Better Feedback

    When students get the right feedback at the right time, they move closer to becoming independent learners.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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