George Lucas Educational Foundation

KIPP King Collegiate High School

Grades 9-12 | San Lorenzo, CA

Resources and Downloads for Teaching Critical Thinking

Educators from the Bay Area's KIPP King Collegiate High School and the KIPP network have provided these resources for you to use in your own school.
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Using resources and tools like the ones below, educators at KIPP King Collegiate High School focus on honing critical thinking skills across all subjects.

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Tilak Pooner's picture
Tilak Pooner
Academic Co-ordinator

Looking for some Interactive Teaching learning Material for enhance the learning at primary classes Grade 3-5..

Lucas Cioffi's picture
Lucas Cioffi
Civic Entrepreneur

Our company donates critical thinking software to K-12 schools. Please do reach out to me if you or your school might be interested:

Here's an example of how middle school students in DC were using it recently to discuss the question of "What is Democracy?" and here's an example of how a high school class in PA was using it in a debate about global warming where students role-played to represent various perspectives: Participation in the second conversation is limited to students from that school, but you can sign into either conversation with a username of "tester" and a password of "tester".

This is "conversation mapping" software designed to help people with different perspectives collaboratively map out a complex topic and sort out supporting and opposing points. It facilitates critical thinking by allowing students to respond directly to each other and assess the validity and relevance of each other's statements.

It works for conversations within one classroom, between classes at a single school, and "scales up" for conversations among students at different schools.

CriticalVoter's picture
Creator of the Critical Voter curriculum

I've also put together some free critical thinking resources, including a curriculum, podcast/lectures and classroom lessons plans designed to use the 2012 Presidential election to teach practical critical thinking skills. In addition to being free, it's also completely non-partisan.

Mariko Nobori's picture
Mariko Nobori
Former Managing Editor and Producer, Edutopia

Thanks, Vincente, we'd love to hear back about how they worked for you.

HemsworthReflections's picture
Thinking About The World

We are a UK school and believe that getting students to think about important world issues is also important, as is raising their general knowledge of subjects like science.

Our YouTube channel has lots of videos to use in classrooms, along with quotes to stimulate discussions. Please try some of them, and if your school wants to contribute your own videos to the programme, get in touch!

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