” — which is too big for anyone to wrap their mind around — ask “How could we address and solve cause X of climate change?
” Answering this question will require kids to synthesize their knowledge. You can start this project any time on any topic; you don’t have to be an expert on what your kids are studying.
This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it’s at least a start at trying to define critical thinking in concrete terms.
The next challenge, once you’ve defined it, is to teach it.
These three groupings and their six components reflect B. Bloom’s (et al-1956) hierarchical taxonomy or breakdown of cognitive educational objectives.
Teaching students to be critical thinkers presumes an environment where learners, building upon their knowledge and experience set, strive to understand how data and information can be used to develop, recognize, and/or critique general patterns of knowledge.
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” or “Why should people living in X country or X city worry about it?
” Kids will be pushed to think about the priorities and concerns of others, says Oshiro, and to try to understand their perspectives — essential elements of creative problem-solving. For example, rather than ask “How can we solve climate change?