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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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  • Using Visual Thinking Strategies in the Classroom

    A visual technique developed in a museum can boost students’ classroom discourse, critical thinking, and evidence-based argumentation.
    Erin Chaparro
  • Boosting Confidence With Student-Driven Math

    When teachers noticed a lack of autonomy in the math classroom, a switch to a student-centered curriculum bumped ownership of learning—and the kids' ability to talk about their problem-solving approach.
  • A Critical Thinking Strategy for Student Note-Taking

    This graphic organizer guides students to categorize information while they’re taking notes, leading to deeper engagement.
  • Teaching Black History, Thought, and Culture Through Art

    From Alma Thomas to Jean-Michel Basquiat and Augusta Savage, here are eight remarkable artists to talk about in class—and art projects inspired by their work.
  • Teaching Students to Evaluate Websites

    A few pointers on how to guide middle and high school students to determine whether a website offers accurate information.
  • Teacher Moves That Cultivate Learner Agency

    Helping students become independent, questioning thinkers begins with stepping back and guiding them to take the lead in their learning.
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    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.
  • 5 Ways to Increase Students’ Engagement in Writing

    Upper elementary teachers can make small shifts in how they teach writing to spark students’ interest and promote critical thinking.
  • Juxtaposing Ideas to Deepen Understanding—in ELA, Math, and Science

    Juxtaposing similar things—and thinking critically about differences and similarities—is a powerful cognitive tool that can deepen learning and engagement.
  • 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.
  • A Simple Strategy to Encourage Student Reflection and Improvement

    Middle school teachers can guide students to analyze a learning experience by asking about what went well and what could be improved.
  • Using Inquiry to Support Deeper Learning

    Teachers can use 'effortful' follow-up questions to refine and extend student thinking about important concepts in a lesson.
  • Helping Students Find the Truth in Social Media

    Middle and high school students love interacting with social media, but how can they know if what they’re seeing and sharing is accurate?
  • How Fan Fiction Can Do Wonders for Student Writing

    Teachers can ignite students’ enthusiasm for writing with creative assignments based on the books they love to read.
  • Creating Authentic Writing Opportunities in the Science Classroom

    Encouraging students to write more frequently in science classes helps them become strong, versatile writers and deepens their scientific thinking.

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