Critical Thinking for Children – 4. Parts of Thinking



we take our thinking apart to find problems in our thinking and fix them here are the parts purpose of the thinking questions we are trying to answer information we need to answer the question inferences or conclusions we are coming to concepts or Qi ideas we are using in our thinking assumptions or ideas we are taking for granted implications and consequences of our thinking points of view we need to consider think about the purpose your purpose is your goal or what you are trying to make happen questions you can ask to target purpose what is your purpose in doing what you are doing what is my purpose in doing what I am doing what is our purpose what is the purpose of this assignment what is the purpose of the main character in this story what is my teacher's purpose what is my sister's purpose what is my brother's purpose is there something wrong with my purpose state the question the question lays out the problem and guides our thinking questions you can ask about the question what question am I trying to answer what is the question we are trying to answer in this activity is my question clear should I be asking a different question what question are you asking me gather the information the information is the facts evidence or experiences you'll use to figure things out questions you can ask about information what information do I need to answer this question do I need to gather more information is this information relevant to my purpose is my information accurate watch your inferences inferences are conclusions you come to it's what the mind does in figuring something out questions you can ask to check your inferences what conclusions am i coming to are there other conclusions I should consider is my inference logical is this other person's inference logical check your assumptions assumptions are beliefs you take for granted usually you don't question them but you should questions you can ask about assumptions what am i taking for granted am i assuming something I shouldn't what assumption is leading me to this conclusion what is this other person assuming what does my mother assume about my friends are you assuming that boys are always stronger than girls clarify your concepts concepts are ideas you use in thinking to understand what is going on questions you can ask to clarify concepts what is the main idea in this story what idea comes into my mind when I hear the word what idea is this character using in his or her thinking is there a problem with this idea what idea am i using in my thinking is this idea causing problems for me or for others I think this is a good idea but could you explain it a little more understand your point of view point of view is what you are looking at and the way you are seeing it questions you can ask about point of view how am I looking at this situation what am I looking at and how am I seeing it is there another reasonable way to look at the situation or is my view the only reasonable view are you looking at girls as sissies are you looking at boys as tough think through the implications implications are things that might happen if you decide to do something consequences are the things that do happen when you act questions you can ask about implications if I decide to do X what things might happen if I decide not to do X what things might happen when the main character in the story made an important decision what happened as a result what were the consequences is what are the possible implications of riding your bike too fast down the hill what are the implications of touching that hot pot on the stove

17 thoughts on “Critical Thinking for Children – 4. Parts of Thinking”

  1. I also make a point not to dumb down my explanations when talking to little kids. They can understand difficult concepts pretty well if you give them the chance.

  2. Just for the record, when I was a kid, I would have eaten this up. I grew up reading encyclopedias and watching documentaries. If you teach your kid how to think, they will absorb information like a sponge.

  3. You are doing a great job!!

    I bet most of adults could not even understand this. This is why the world is such a place full of dumb people.

    Thanks for helping humanity!

  4. @XTYNoLuck

    You didn't "offend" me, but while you have a right to your position and to have a position, you don't have the right to your own opinion if your opinion causes you either to act in ways harmful to others or to mindlessly support social policies that will result in other people losing inalienable freedoms.

    It's no skin off my nose what comment you post, but if you insist that you think well when in fact you are ignorant, you will HURT PEOPLE. Is that clearer?

  5. @Martiaali … actually if you investigate how children learn you will find that moving too fast, as does MOST kid's media, shortens their attention spans and circumvents critical thinking. This is why Mr. Roger's Neighborhood moves at the pace it does and is arguably the only non commercialized program left. That said, this video shouldn't be aimed at kids, it should be used as a guide for adults learning how to teach children about critical thinking.

  6. The first 2 videos, excluding the introduction, were very great, and kept me watching. However, Im afaird I have to agree with jmegawarne that bulletpoints are quite boring. It requires alot of patience to watch these later videos. Now, if this was being described via a cartoon, it would be thrilling. "Just look at Dora the Explorer for example, a show that helps children learn about nature, safety, and non-english cultures. Im afraid I will not be buying one of your bookbags or lunchboxes

  7. @XTYNoLuck

    Geez, way to discredit the author by associating her ideas with a political position you know your audience will detest.

    How about fair-mindedly listening to the ideas in this video first, instead of playing "gotcha?"

  8. The focus is on the concepts and comprehending the words not the animation. The point is to teach kids to look beyond the surface into content

    Yes there could have been animated characters…. given an unlimited amount of time and budget. but… I would ask… do you underestimate what children can comprehend? Are you subscribing to the idea that something must be glossy and action-packed in order to have value?

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