By Evgeniya “Jane” Borisova
 Introduce the concept of Critical Thinking
 Discuss the importance of developing Critical
Thinking skills
 Bloom’s Tax...
Critical thinking is an ability to recognize if a
certain notion/concept/idea or claim is always
true, partly true, or fal...
 Do they have a 4th of July in England?
Yes
No
Maybe
I don't know
 There are 3 apples and you take away 2.
How many do y...
According to Facione (2013) the following
abilities form critical thinking:
 Ability to interpret information
 Ability t...
Source: 2013. Facione, PA, “Critical Thinking: What It is and Why it Counts”
Why is it especially important to start
developing ct skills in elementary
students?
 Due to the current educational reform NCLB
students are required to memorize enormous
amounts of information to just be ...
What do students think
about CT?
Bloom’s Taxonomy is a system developed in
1956 by Benjamin Bloom to categorize
intellectual skills and behavior important ...
Now it’s your turn to…
 Create at least 5 lesson objectives
 Use Bloom’s taxonomy verbs to help
formulate the objectives
 Design several CT ac...
Critical thinking in elementary education by Evgeniya (Jane) Borisova
Critical thinking in elementary education by Evgeniya (Jane) Borisova
Critical thinking in elementary education by Evgeniya (Jane) Borisova
Critical thinking in elementary education by Evgeniya (Jane) Borisova
Critical thinking in elementary education by Evgeniya (Jane) Borisova
Critical thinking in elementary education by Evgeniya (Jane) Borisova
Critical thinking in elementary education by Evgeniya (Jane) Borisova
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  • Present a handout of the article.
  • Handout of Bloom’s taxonomy verbs for lesson objectives
  • Discussion (3 min) Use handouts to facilitate discussion. Article by Vera Schneider.
  • DocCam. Task: Identify how the objectives of the lessons refer to the levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy?
  • Hand out textbooks.
  • Critical thinking in elementary education by Evgeniya (Jane) Borisova

    1. 1. By Evgeniya “Jane” Borisova
    2. 2.  Introduce the concept of Critical Thinking  Discuss the importance of developing Critical Thinking skills  Bloom’s Taxonomy and Critical Thinking  Hands on! Samples of Critical Thinking lessons  Try it out! Design of content area lessons incorporating Critical Thinking
    3. 3. Critical thinking is an ability to recognize if a certain notion/concept/idea or claim is always true, partly true, or false. The concept of Western Critical Thinking comes from ancient Greece and represents Socratic school of thought.
    4. 4.  Do they have a 4th of July in England? Yes No Maybe I don't know  There are 3 apples and you take away 2. How many do you have? One... Two... ...Three... ...Four
    5. 5. According to Facione (2013) the following abilities form critical thinking:  Ability to interpret information  Ability to analyze and synthesize information  Ability to evaluate information  Ability to infer (identify elements/signs to draw conclusions)  Ability to explain phenomena  Ability to self-regulate (understand one’s own thinking process)
    6. 6. Source: 2013. Facione, PA, “Critical Thinking: What It is and Why it Counts”
    7. 7. Why is it especially important to start developing ct skills in elementary students?
    8. 8.  Due to the current educational reform NCLB students are required to memorize enormous amounts of information to just be able to reproduce it on the test.  The assumption is that once that information is memorized the students will always remember it.  CT instruction allows to build upon existing knowledge and develop independent judgment of important concepts.  By developing CT in elementary students teachers reinforce their ability to transfer content knowledge from across the curriculum. Source:2005. Published by The Critical Thinking Co.
    9. 9. What do students think about CT?
    10. 10. Bloom’s Taxonomy is a system developed in 1956 by Benjamin Bloom to categorize intellectual skills and behavior important for learning. Bloom distinguished six cognitive levels: knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation, with the level of difficulty rising from basic knowledge-recall skills to the highest level, evaluation.
    11. 11. Now it’s your turn to…
    12. 12.  Create at least 5 lesson objectives  Use Bloom’s taxonomy verbs to help formulate the objectives  Design several CT activities for your lesson  Plan for the lesson delivery

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