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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.

  • High school students work together on project in classroom

    Discover, Discuss, Demonstrate: Using Inquiry-Based Learning to Keep Students Engaged

    The 3 Ds learning model is designed to facilitate deeper learning and increase student motivation.
    Stephanie Rothstein, Lainie Rowell
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    How to Engage Students in Historical Thinking Using Everyday Objects

    Asking students to examine their own possessions from the perspective of a historian in the future helps them sharpens their analytical skills.
  • Boy sprays water from garden hose onto car and makes a rainbow.

    Low-Tech Scientific Exploration for Students at Home

    A fifth-grade teacher shares ideas on how students can explore common phenomena with simple materials in and around their homes.
  • An illustration of the inside of a mind while writing

    Why Students Should Write in All Subjects

    Writing improves learning by consolidating information in long-term memory, researchers explain. Plus, five engaging writing activities to use in all subjects.
  • Teacher kneels down to help a student in 9th grade English class

    Want Students to Master Literary Analysis? Try Starting With a Vocabulary Lesson 

    Unless they understand words such as ‘symbolize’ and ‘connote,’ it’s difficult for students to analyze literature well.
  • High school students taking an exam in class

    8 Ways to Reduce Student Cheating

    Clarity about learning objectives and questions that focus on the thinking process can lessen the chance that students will cheat.
  • High school student writing in class

    Creative Ways to Assess Math Understanding

    Traditional math assessments tend to provide a narrow gauge of student learning—here’s how some teachers are going deeper.
  • Teacher writing on whiteboard.

    Using Morning Messages to Start the Day in Distance Learning

    The morning message is a popular way to help elementary students transition into school—and it can be adapted for home learning.
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  • High school student raises his hand in science class

    3 Ways to Get Teens Thinking Metacognitively

    Your classroom can provide a safe harbor for teens during a year of upheaval—use this opportunity to impart metacognitive skills they’ll use throughout their lives.
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  • Teenage boy working on his laptop at home

    Using ‘Hexagonal Thinking’ to Deepen Classroom Conversations

    A novel activity using little more than geometric shapes can help students examine complex problems and connect big ideas.
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  • An illustration concept of philosophical questions

    Using Student-Generated Questions to Promote Deeper Thinking

    Asking students to create their own questions has a powerful impact on learning. Plus, 5 tips to encourage high-quality questions.
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  • Middle school aged boy reading book on couch at home

    How Mentor Texts Provide Valuable Lessons Beyond Writing Instruction

    The knowledge middle and high school students gain through reading mentor texts can strengthen their critical thinking skills.
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  • An illustration concept of STEM and history

    Building Critical Thinkers by Combining STEM With History

    By asking students to explore the history of scientific discoveries, we get them to view their world with more wonder—and more skepticism—and condition their minds to think about causes and effects.
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  • Elementary aged girl using abacus for math

    5 Ways to Help Students Transfer Their Learning to New Situations

    As students gain content knowledge, their next step should be applying it to new problems and across academic disciplines.
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  • Scaffolding Discussion Skills With a Socratic Circle

    Scaffolding Discussion Skills With a Socratic Circle

    Students deepen their understanding and build a sense of community by engaging with their peers’ reasoned arguments.
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