Classification plays an important role in critical thinking because it requires students to understand and apply a set of rules.Give students a variety of objects and ask them to identify each object, then sort it into a category.Do you have any teaching strategies that can help students learn this important life skill?
This is a great activity to help students think and self-question what object should go where, and why.
Much like classifying, students will need to look closely at each topic or object they are comparing and really think about the significance of each one.
Group settings are the perfect way to get your kids thinking.
When children are around their classmates working together, they get exposed to the thought processes of their peers.
It’s too easy to always find a solution for a student who needs your help.
Kindergarteners especially will get very upset when they can’t find their crayons or scissors.
Research tells us that our students learn critical thinking only after we receive training in how to teach it and design our courses explicitly and intentionally to foster critical thinking skills (Abrami, Bernard, Borokhovski, Wade, Surkes, Tamim, & Zhang, 2008).
We have to start by formulating assessable critical thinking learning outcomes and building our courses around them.
Encouraging students to make connections to a real-life situation and identify patterns is a great way to practice their critical thinking skills.
Ask students to always be on the look for these connections, and when they find one to make sure they tell you.