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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 classroom with teacher and students

    4 Ways to Encourage Students to Ask Questions

    When exploring their own questions is an integral part of class, students get more invested in working to find answers.
    Emma Chiappetta
  • Middle school student takes notes during virtual learning session

    Promoting Scientific Inquiry Inside and Outside of the Classroom

    Exposing students to discrepant events and online simulations can spark wonder and motivate them to investigate science beyond the classroom.
    293
  • An illustration of pages of history with different identities

    Addressing Race and Racism Head-On in the Classroom

    From featuring stories of resistance to making sure kids see themselves represented in the classroom, a few things to keep in mind when teaching American history.
    1.1k
  • 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.
    13.9k
  • 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.
    15k
  • 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.
    3k
  • 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.
    2k
  • A photo collage of Angela Davis, Web DuBois, Sojourner Truth, Alain LeRoy Locke, Frantz Fanon, and bell hooks

    4 Black Philosophers to Teach Year-Round

    Weaving philosophy lessons into your curriculum can tease out bigger questions about identity, human rights, and artistic expression. 
    1.8k
  • 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
  • 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.
    2.7k
  • 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.
    2.1k
  • Elementary school teacher in classroom explaining math to students

    3 Tips for Creating Math Word Problems That Boost Critical Thinking

    Well-designed word problems give elementary students a tangible context for understanding math concepts.
    1.4k
  • 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.
    1.7k
  • Physics teacher works with a small group of students

    How to Support Vocabulary Building in Science Classes

    With carefully crafted statements that incorporate vocabulary and prompt discussion, students learn scientific terms and concepts more readily.
    1.5k
  • 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.
    3.5k

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