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Critical Thinking

Teaching children today is awesome and at WISH we are grateful for the many instructional methods available to support students in developing critical thinking skills.  Critical thinkers are able to make better strategic and more effective decisions based on the evidence in front of them, not what they’re told by others or the assumption they made. Young people are able to see what’s relevant, what’s accurate and what is unnecessary.
 

Six core skills are required for thinking critically:

  • Problem-solving: developing a strategy and creating workable solutions
  • Analysis: breaking arguments down into bite-sized chunks
  • Creative thinking: finding new and often unexpected solutions to all sorts of problems
  • Interpretation: decoding the meaning and significance of evidence or experiences
  • Evaluation: weighing the strengths and weaknesses of an argument (including those of others) and dealing fairly with disagreements
  • Reasoning: the production of compelling and persuasive arguments
                                                                  (Researcher - Van den Brink-Budgen, R.)
 

Using a variety of instructional strategies, teachers facilitate and support inquiry, conversations, and deep reasoning to support all students in developing the necessary critical thinking skills.