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Developing Critical Thinking in Our Youngest Learners

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These are my slides from my session, Developing Critical Thinking in Our Youngest Learners, that I gave at the PK1 Conference in Santa Clara, CA in January 2015. In this presentation, I shared 9 instructional strategies to help Kindergarten and First Grade teachers teach critical thinking to their little ones. Many of the posters included in the slides are either free or for sale in my TpT store at www.hellojenjones.com

Keywords: Language Frames, Critical Thinking Rubric, because, Picture of the Day, Daily Analogies, Morning Meeting, Rules for Discussion, Speaking & Listening, Be Opinionated, Vocabulary Notebooks, Hello Literacy, Jen Jones

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Developing Critical Thinking in Our Youngest Learners

  1. Critical Thinking With our Youngest Learners
  2. #pk115 @hellojenjones
  3. “close, attentive reading”…”critical reading”… “reasoning and use of evidence”… “comprehend, evaluate, synthesize”… “understand precisely…question…assess the veracity” …. “cite specific evidence” … “evaluate others’ point of view”… “reading independently and closely”…
  4. Teaching is NOT Telling Kids What to Think...
  5. Where in the day could critical thinking occur?
  6. Where Are You With This? Are Your Kids There?
  7. Clearly Understanding Lower vs. Higher Level Thinking the answer is already known
  8. instead of asking kids… Is 10 bigger or smaller than 7?
  9. Or, instead of asking kids… Which is bigger, 10 or 7?
  10. Ask students this… Why is 10 bigger than 7?
  11. Clearly Understanding Lower vs. Higher Level Thinking the answer is already known Are we communicating this language WITH students? $
  12. ….followed by our evidence based thinking, tells others the rationale for our thinking.
  13. Critical Thinking Rubric
  14. First We must be Critical Thinkers… Form an opinion and justify it! Agree or disagree.Image: http://www.1vigor.com/brain-power/Clear-Thinking/index.html
  15. Build Community Justifying Our Opinions
  16. Communication Clubs
  17. Analogy Poster Daily Analogies “Mrs. Jones, this is hard!” “I don’t know.”
  18. Who Remembers DOL? www.greatsource.com
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  27. Venn Diagrams
  28. Making Inferences with… Picture of the Day
  29. Pictures *are* Informational text RIT.7 “Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.”
  30. observing describing AnaLyzing Inferring
  31. Describing & Inferring Pictures is most like… Reading ReaL Life.
  32. *and* research-based
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  35. cat Pictures = Brain-based
  36. Making Inferences with… Picture of the Day
  37. What Do You Think? What Do You See?
  38. observing details describing details AnaLyzing details Making inferences about the details $
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  40. Justifying Scientific Claims
  41. Sorting, Classifying & Ranking
  42. Character Analysis With Text Based Evidence Images: www.julieballew.com
  43. The Take-Aways Image: D. Garland
  44. Thank You!

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