5 Critical Thinking Strategies



we all want students who are able to think critically but how can we get them to think critically about whatever subject were teaching in any class at any time here's an easy strategy that you can use you can start by teaching students five basic critical thinking strategies comparing contrasting analyzing categorizing and evaluating compare of course means to explain similarities for example if you're studying World War two you might ask students to draw comparisons to World War one both involved Germany and France and many other European nations both brought the United States in during the war both included land armies as well as armies at sea and in the air but of course the technology from one more to the other changed dramatically to contrast is to explain differences for example in world war ii Paris fell fairly early to the Nazis but then was liberated again by the Allies whereas in World War one Paris never fell but a long line of trenches extended between France and Germany and men on both sides could make much headway to analyze means to break an idea into its parts for example in World War two we have the European theater as well as the Pacific Theater and then further analysis allows you to break down each of those theatres into the areas that were controlled by different powers at different times to categorize something is to identify it according to its type if students think about all the different wars the United States has been involved in they'll be able to start sorting them into different categories for example the world wars are different in scope than the regional wars that we've been involved in more recently and they too are different from the Civil War in the war of independence to evaluate is to tell the value or worth of something what good came out of World War two well Nazism was stopped freedom was preserved the Great Depression ended and the nation industrialized but there were bad things as well there were millions who were killed there was the Holocaust the atomic bombs that were used as well as the cold war that began right afterward once students understand these five basic critical thinking strategies you can get them to use any of the strategies at any time about any subject that you're teaching just have them take a piece of paper and pull it up into a ball and then find five relatively flat spots where the right the numbers 1 2 3 4 & 5 then students use this ball like a die they'll roll it and whatever number comes up on top will be the number of the strategy that they need to use to learn more about critical thinking skills and paper ball analysis see the inquire series elementary middle and high school tell us what you'd like to know about inquire in 21st century skills email us at contact at thoughtful learning com

6 thoughts on “5 Critical Thinking Strategies”

  1. I am student of teaching. I need to understand. My english is not good. I hope some turks hear me or you can write english subtitle for me.

  2. I understand it makes sense to me and knowledge is not knowing all of the answers but knowing where to find them. Critical thinking is basically analyzing with thought.

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