Are We Teaching Students to Think?

thinking cap

I’ve been thinking allot about thinking lately. As I am reading my twitter feed, blogs, and a variety of books to keep me current, the topic of thinking has been a reoccurring theme that I seem to stumble upon. Put your own thinking caps on and reflect on the meaning behind these thoughts:

  • “Education has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.” – G.M. Trevelyan
  • “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” – Alvin Toffler
  • “Students today need to be able to communicate as effectively in graphical formats as we were taught to communicate with text.”  – Ian Jukes
  • “We need to move our thinking and our training beyond our primary focus an fixation on the Three Rs to a focus on skills that foster critical thinking, creativity,  and problem-solving skills.”  – Lee Crockett

We are in the middle of paradigm shift: a new age of not only critical thinking and creativity, but of digital exploration and presentation.  These are  exciting times that are pushing all educators way out of their comfort zone, otherwise known as the land of growth and exploration.

Math and Science Nights, I Wonder Projects in fifth grade, and an upcoming Wax Museum presentation in third grade are all examples of tapping into children’s sense of wonderment and building on critical thinking skills. Moving forward, I strongly encourage you to read about Genius Hour in the articles below and put some thought into Project Based Learning.

Question This Week: How do you  incorporate critical thinking, creativity, and problem solving skills into your lessons?

2 Minute Video: Interesting Thoughts on the Achievement Gap: Star of ASCD14 Conference this Weekend!

Articles Worth Reading

28 Simple Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom @Teachthought

Would You Want to be a Teacher in Your Own Classroom? @gcourous

10 Tips for Engaging Underperforming Students @edutopia

Genius Hour: What’s it all About? @ajjuliani

Genius Hour: What Kids can Learn from Failure @cnnliving

My Flipped Classroom

Website Worth Checking Out: Just Do It : )



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