The attempt to continue the discussions and learning that came out of the Learning 2.0 conference has been a great way to connect with other educators around Asia. The ning site has a lot of great information posted from the conference and it continues to facilitate collaboration amongst educators. Even if you did not get the opportunity to attend the conference, you can join the online community. A recent post on the site shared some great resources on Critical Thinking and I have summarized them below.

1) In a recent post, Alan November included a podcast by Dr. Michael Resnick which discussed tools for Critical thinking. You can listen to the speech at this link.

2) The Critical Thinking Project at Washington State University has a great rubric that outlines seven key criteria for assessing critical thinking. The seven criteria are:

  1. Identifies, summarizes (and appropriately reformulates)
    the problem/question/work assignment
  2. Identifies and considers the influence of context * and assumptions.
  3. Develops, and communicates OWN perspective, hypothesis or position.
  4. Presents, assesses, and analyzes appropriate supporting data/evidence.
  5. Integrates issue using OTHER (disciplinary) perspectives and positions.
  6. Identifies and assesses conclusions, implications, and consequences.
  7. Communicates effectively.

3) The Centre for Teaching and Learning at Georgian College has a large selection of resources on Critical Thinking. Although some of the documents focus on links to Higher Education, many can be applied to K-12 education such as the Critical Outcomes. In the Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum document, they offer a good definition:

“Critical thinking is that mode of thinking – about any subject, content, or problem – in which the thinker improves the quality of his or her thinking by skilfully taking charge of the structures inherent in thinking and imposing intellectual standards upon them.

Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skilfully:

  • conceptualizing
  • applying
  • analyzing
  • synthesizing
  • evaluating information

gathered from, or generated by

  • observation
  • experience
  • reflection
  • reasoning
  • communication

as a guide to belief and action.”

4) This state level education agency has a great number resources and they have organized them under 2 primary categories:

thinking skills (classifying, induction, deduction, error analysis, construction support, abstracting, analyzing perspectives) and reasoning processes (decision making, problem solving, experimental inquiry, invention, investigation). For each skill our process, there are printable supporting documents such as lesson plans and student handouts.

How do you teach your students critical thinking skills?