Critical Thinking
Critical Thinking
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Is hard
Takes Practice
Is a set of skills that everyone can develop
Is useful for all parts of ...
Thinking vs.
Critical Thinking
THINKING
adjective 1. rational; reasoning: People
are thinking animals.
2. thoughtful; refl...
Types of Thinking
• Ritual Thinking - things that we do with out being
aware
• Random Thinking – daydreaming or spontaneou...
Bloom’s Taxonomy
Bloom’s Taxonomy
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Remembering – memorization and recall
Understanding – grasping the meaning
Applying – using in...
Critical Readers
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Preview the text
Look up unknown words
Slow Down
Annotate the text
Critical Thinking
• Underline important
information or key ideas
• Define words you don’t
know
• Make notes, expand on
wha...
Critical Writing
Summary vs. Synthesis
• Summary – extracting a main idea or central point and rewording the
information i...
Being a Critical
Class Participant
Actively listen for: Who, What, Where, When, Why and How
Connect the current lecture ba...
Critical Thinking
in the “Real World”
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When voting
When making decisions about life
In every single job you will...
Processing Life Critically
1. Journal About it
2. Make a Pro/Con List
3. Talk it out
4. Do your research
5. Get some space
Left Brain/Right Brain
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Learning 101: Critical Thinking

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Critical Thinking is an important life skill. Knowing the process of critical thinking and how to use it will make you a better student.

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Learning 101: Critical Thinking

  1. 1. Critical Thinking
  2. 2. Critical Thinking • • • • Is hard Takes Practice Is a set of skills that everyone can develop Is useful for all parts of your life, not just school.
  3. 3. Thinking vs. Critical Thinking THINKING adjective 1. rational; reasoning: People are thinking animals. 2. thoughtful; reflective: noun 3. thought; judgment, reflection: clear thinking. CRITICAL THINKING noun disciplined thinking that is clear, rational, open-minded, and informed by evidence
  4. 4. Types of Thinking • Ritual Thinking - things that we do with out being aware • Random Thinking – daydreaming or spontaneous thoughts • Appreciative thinking – awareness that we like something • Critical Thinking – making judgments; that is to say it is the application of reason to a set of facts – Reasoning – use of supposed truths as evidence in support of other supposed truth.
  5. 5. Bloom’s Taxonomy
  6. 6. Bloom’s Taxonomy • • • • • Remembering – memorization and recall Understanding – grasping the meaning Applying – using information in multiple ways Analyzing – seeing patterns in information Evaluating – comparing and discriminating between ideas, assessing value of information • Creating – using old ideas to create new ideas.
  7. 7. Critical Readers • • • • Preview the text Look up unknown words Slow Down Annotate the text
  8. 8. Critical Thinking • Underline important information or key ideas • Define words you don’t know • Make notes, expand on what is offered in the reading • Ask questions as you read
  9. 9. Critical Writing Summary vs. Synthesis • Summary – extracting a main idea or central point and rewording the information in a sentence or two • Synthesizing – weaving together information from several sources including your own prior knowledge
  10. 10. Being a Critical Class Participant Actively listen for: Who, What, Where, When, Why and How Connect the current lecture back to the reading, past lectures, and life experiences Use evidence to develop a better understanding Ask questions that dive deeper into the material Synthesize the material across many courses, draw conclusions and make inferences Evaluate the course material based on all of your knowledge.
  11. 11. Critical Thinking in the “Real World” • • • • • When voting When making decisions about life In every single job you will ever have In problem solving When talking with “trusted” professionals http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzV1pNQUX5s
  12. 12. Processing Life Critically 1. Journal About it 2. Make a Pro/Con List 3. Talk it out 4. Do your research 5. Get some space
  13. 13. Left Brain/Right Brain
  14. 14. 315 Sage Hall Phone - 940-369-7006 Email - Learning.Center@unt.edu Website - http://learningcenter.unt.edu/

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