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Our roundup of resources will help you implement Socratic seminars and other classroom discussion models that encourage critical thinking.

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This article has some great open-ended question for SEL time. Taking attendance shows which students are physically present, but asking an attendance question stretches students' minds toward actively learning as part of a classroom community. Expression Imagée, Middle School, High School, School Discipline, Inquiry Based Learning, Academic Success, Christian School, Classroom Community, Community College

5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners

"Knowing the answers may help them in school, but knowing how to question will help them for life."

Digital Portfolio Ideas: By collecting their learning artifacts and compiling them into portfolios, students should have an opportunity to reflect upon their experiences and see their own growth. Learning Process, Project Based Learning, Student Learning, Art Teacher Jobs, Student Led Conferences, Technology Integration, Arts Integration, Instructional Design, Instructional Strategies

The Art of Reflection

By collecting their learning artifacts and compiling them into portfolios, students should have an opportunity to reflect upon their experiences and see their own growth.

Attorney and author G. Randy Kasten suggests that educators have an obligation to prepare young minds for the thickening information cloud they're already being forced to navigate. Apps For Teachers, Teacher Apps, Teaching Critical Thinking, English Projects, Habits Of Mind, Education Today, Higher Order Thinking, 21st Century Learning, Blooms Taxonomy

Overcoming Obstacles to Critical Thinking

Attorney and author G. Randy Kasten suggests that educators have an obligation to prepare young minds for the thickening information cloud they're already being forced to navigate.

Edutopia pinned this fantastic article on how to get students more confident in asking questions. As students get more confident asking questions in class, they'll be better prepared to take their questioning attitude into the world. Teaching Plan, Teaching Social Studies, Teaching Tools, Teaching Resources, Blended Learning, Deep Learning, Education And Literacy, Museum Education, Planning School

Who Wants to Know? Use Student Questions to Drive Learning

As students get more confident asking questions in class, they'll be better prepared to take their questioning attitude into the world.

Film to Teach Analysis Skills Bring real-world authenticity to literacy analysis by including movie criticism in your lessons.Bring real-world authenticity to literacy analysis by including movie criticism in your lessons. English Teaching Resources, Teaching Literature, Teaching Tips, College Teaching, High School Drama, Teaching Theatre, Ela Classroom, Classroom Ideas, Effective Teaching

Using Film to Teach Analysis Skills

Bring real-world authenticity to literacy analysis by including movie criticism in your lessons.

Ways to Do Formative Assessment in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. Different ideas for how to check for understanding. This would be helpful for teachers to use different assessments based on different learning styles and abilities. Instructional Coaching, Instructional Strategies, Teaching Strategies, Teaching Tips, Instructional Design, Formative Assessment Strategies, Differentiation Strategies, College Teaching, Teacher Tools

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

Through alternative formative assessment, teachers can check for student understanding without falling back on the tedious or intimidating pop quiz.

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How to Use Wild Hog Questions in the Classroom

Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson proposes teachers move past off-the-cuff and knowledge-based questions by designing questions before teaching.

Growth Mindset: Watch Carol Dweck, Stanford University's growth mindset guru and researcher, talk about the winning combination of having high expectations of students and providing effective support. Growth Mindset Carol Dweck, Growth Mindset Videos, Growth Mindset Classroom, School Leadership, Educational Leadership, Importance Of Leadership, Visible Learning, Fixed Mindset, 21st Century Learning

Watch What's Working: Carol Dweck Talks Growth Mindset

Watch Carol Dweck, Stanford University's growth mindset guru and researcher, talk about the winning combination of having high expectations of students and providing effective support.

Analogies are useful for teaching and learning because they require students to analyze a thing (or things) and then transfer that analysis. This requires at least a basic level of understanding. A Guide For Teaching With Analogies - Similes And Metaphors, Synonyms And Antonyms, Writing Strategies, Writing Advice, Fact And Opinion, Effective Learning, Levels Of Understanding, 21st Century Learning, Problem And Solution

A Guide For Teaching With Analogies - | Critical Thinking

From part to whole to synonyms and antonyms, to cause and effect and step and sequences, here are fourteen types of analogies for critical thinking.

This is great chart on critical thinking/Bloom's Taxonomy. It gives you a break down of critical thinking skills. The chart offers key words for each level of critical thinking skills. Teaching Strategies, Teaching Tips, Avid Strategies, Note Taking Strategies, Thinking Strategies, Teaching Channel, Learning Objectives, Teaching Art, Formation Continue

The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom

Bloom’s & SOLO ‘are not Just Colorful Posters we Hang on the Wall’ is my two-part series at Education Week Teacher. Bloom’s Taxonomy is talked about a lot in educational…

Educators are tasked with teaching students how to find answers themselves. And it all starts with a simple three-word phrase: I don& know. 21st Century Schools, 21st Century Learning, 21st Century Skills, Common Core Curriculum, School Leadership, Instructional Design, Teaching Strategies, Teaching Ideas, Student Teaching

The Power of "I Don't Know"

Educators are tasked with teaching students how to find answers themselves. And it all starts with a simple three-word phrase: I don't know.

Ways to Develop Century Thinkers Great infographic from Mentoring Minds on developing century critical thinkers.Great infographic from Mentoring Minds on developing century critical thinkers. 21st Century Classroom, 21st Century Learning, 21st Century Skills, Teaching Strategies, Teaching Resources, Teaching Skills, Teaching Biology, Teaching Art, Mentoring Minds

25 Ways to Develop 21st Century Thinkers

Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education