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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.

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    There are many reasons students don’t ask for help. Research shows there are strategies to help them overcome their reluctance.
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