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Critical Thinking ppt for STAT21 Class November 5, 2009

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  • Questioning is quite possibly the most difficult to cultivate, so we will spend some time on this…..
  • Activity!!! You have Pull out your lesson plan. Under Assessment Methods – add the sub header “Formative” Under this heading formulate 2 high quality questions that will enable thinking for this unit. Be prepared to share your question!
  • It has to be a safe environment! Get those desks out of ROWS if they still are – but… Lay down the rules/expectations for small group, large group interactions (classroom management) Keep a timer handy!! Get your materials ready for THINKING
  • One that makes thinking possible and students willing to engage – safe/appreciation for ideas and divergence Be as explicit as possible when initially teaching thinking skills – MAKE METACOGNITION a step by step process. As you scaffold up to higher skills Teach for transfer – make sure that the process you are teaching is on that can be used in all classrooms. THNKING MAP VIDEO
  • Activity!! In your groups, 10 minutes and discuss tools that you have used to encourage more critical thinking skills.
  • Critical Thinking

    1. 1. <ul><ul><li>What does someone who thinks critically look like? </li></ul></ul> 
    2. 2. Critical thinking is identifying and evaluating evidence to guide decision making. A critical thinker uses broad in-depth analysis of evidence to make decisions and communicate his/her beliefs clearly and accurately.
    3. 7. <ul><ul><li>Questioning  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Structuring the classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Responding to students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Modeling behaviors </li></ul></ul>4 Teacher Behaviors that Can Improve Critical Thinking
    4. 8. The Three Story Intellect There are one-story intellects, two-story intellects and three-story intellects with skylights. All fact collectors, who have no aim beyond their facts are one-story men. Two-story men compare, reason, generalize, using the labors of the fact collectors as well as their own. Three story men idealize, imagine, predict……their best illumination comes from above, through the skylight. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
    5. 9. Skinny vs. Fat   High Consensus vs. Low Consensus   Review vs. True
    6. 10. FAT Plural TRUE Invitational Low Consensus Relevant to Learner
    7. 11. Questioning Exercise <ul><li>Using the prompt on your table, use your thinking wheel to come up with questions from each category. </li></ul>
    8. 12.  
    9. 14. We need to move towards a knowledge generating society. The ability to think critically & creatively and to reason logically constitute the template for building a society that will be able to not just adopt or adapt borrowed knowledge but that which will be able to create & market its own knowledge. (Ratnavadivel, 2001)
    10. 15. Students don’t come by this naturally
    11. 16. <ul><ul><li>Provide a thoughtful classroom environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make the invisible – visible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scaffold and cue (use tools) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide continuing direct instruction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrate thinking instruction with content …move it around </li></ul></ul>
    12. 17. Tools to Teach Critical Thinking
    13. 18.