George Lucas Educational FoundationCelebrating 30 years

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.

Sort by:
Recommended
  • 2 Ways to Encourage Reflection on Math Concepts

    Open-ended questions guide students to participate and to think mathematically, which cements their learning.
    Anthony Persico
    395
  • On the Advantages of Paper Notebooks

    Screen-free note-taking can help students learn how to organize their thoughts—and make assessing learning easier for teachers.
    3.2k
  • How a Simple Presentation Framework Helps Students Learn

    Explaining concepts to their peers helps students shore up their content knowledge and improve their communication skills.
    1.7k
  • How to Provide Less Structure for Independent Reading

    Developing independent readers means nurturing the conditions for passion and independent thinking to flourish.
    1.9k
  • 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.
    14.1k
  • How to Use Interleaving to Foster Deeper Learning

    Used strategically, interleaving challenges students to learn in smart, adaptive ways instead of relying on too much rote learning and muscle memory.
    625
  • 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.
    15.1k
  • Cultivating Number Sense Among Middle and High School Students

    The ability to make an educated guess is an important skill that develops with practice.
    472
  • How to Foster Metacognitive Skills for Independent Learning

    How to Foster Metacognitive Skills for Independent Learning

    Giving students tools to explore how they think and learn can be a powerful way to deepen understanding and build self-sufficiency—in the classroom and beyond.
    1.8k
  • The Mistake-Friendly Classroom

    Learning from mistakes is crucial for growth. Here are a few ways teachers can prepare to take advantage of them.
    833
  • Woman works at her laptop wearing headphones

    How to Facilitate Remote Socratic Seminars

    Disciplined conversation about texts deepens students’ understanding—and builds a sense of community during distance learning.
    2.1k
  • 5 Activities to Get Kids Writing in Every Subject

    5 Activities to Get Kids Writing in Every Subject

    Research demonstrates that writing can boost learning in almost any content area, including math, science, and social studies.
    2.3k
  • Colorful found kitchen objects

    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.
    3.2k
  • Games Can Have a Powerful Impact on Learning

    A conversation between the writers of two new books on using games across the curriculum to promote social and emotional learning and civics skills.
    843
  • 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.
    2.8k

Follow Edutopia

  • facebook icon
  • twitter icon
  • instagram icon
  • pinterest icon
  • youtube icon
  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use

George Lucas Educational Foundation