Critical Thinking

Whether via classroom discussions, analysis of written text, higher-order questioning, or other strategies, learn and share ways to help students go deeper with their thinking.

  • Critical Thinking

    Using Folktales to Teach Logical Reasoning

    Having young students write a pourquoi—an origin folktale—is a great way to cultivate problem-solving and divergent thinking.
  • Classroom Technology

    Lessons for 21st-Century Learners

    Three ideas for fostering collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity with easy-to-use apps and tools.
  • Game-Based Learning

    Exploring Ancient History With Video Games

    Using video games to examine the imperfect ways history is recorded and the ways historians work with incomplete records.
  • Communication Skills

    Improving Student-Led Discussions

    A look at some common problems teachers find when implementing student-led discussions—and potential solutions.
  • Critical Thinking

    The Importance of Purpose in Education

    Students can discover a sense of purpose in their learning through questions that lead them to think about their interests.
  • Critical Thinking

    Frameworks for Reflection

    Students get a metacognitive boost by pausing to think back on how and why they performed learning tasks.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    A Funny Side of Literacy

    Analyzing puns builds critical thinking, literacy, and social and emotional skills.
  • Teaching Strategies

    Bringing Wonder Into Mathematics

    Creatively combining the Notice Wonder strategy with a numberless word problem helps students see themselves as mathematicians.
  • Differentiated Instruction

    Extending the Silence

    Giving students several seconds to think after asking a question—and up to two minutes for some questions—improves their learning.
  • Critical Thinking

    The Art of Reflection

    Portfolios allow students to regularly reflect on their learning process—deepening their connection to content.