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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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  • Teacher working with high school students

    Teaching Kids to Give and Receive Quality Peer Feedback

    Building a classroom culture of feedback requires scaffolding and a safe, nurturing environment, but it’s worth the effort, teachers say.
    Paige Tutt
  • Middle school teacher in classroom with students

    5 Tips for Becoming an Apolitical Teacher

    Remaining politically neutral in the classroom opens up space for students to debate and discover their own beliefs.
  • Teacher and students having a discussion in middle school

    Using Metacognition to Enhance Learning in All Grades

    When students use a questioning strategy to think about their own thinking, they can see how to transfer their learning to new situations.
  • High school students work on group project

    How to Set Up Authentic Assignments in High School English

    Assignments that align with standards and hone students’ critical thinking skills can boost their engagement in learning.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cultivating Number Sense Among Middle and High School Students

    The ability to make an educated guess is an important skill that develops with practice.
  • 2 Ways to Encourage Reflection on Math Concepts

    Open-ended questions guide students to participate and to think mathematically, which cements their learning.
  • Illustration of Ron Berger

    Ron Berger on the Power of ‘Beautiful Work’

    To motivate students and teachers alike, we need to deepen the work of schools and give everyone the time and space to work toward greatness, says the noted educator.
  • Teacher working with group of high school students on project

    Engaging Students With Community-Based Projects

    Having high school students research their town, including the history and local issues, can help them see ways to contribute to their community.
  • The Mistake-Friendly Classroom

    Learning from mistakes is crucial for growth. Here are a few ways teachers can prepare to take advantage of them.
  • High school students participate in classroom discussion

    Giving Students More Authority in Classroom Discussions

    When teachers act as facilitators of class discussion rather than leaders, students see themselves as valuable contributors to their own learning.
  • How to Provide Less Structure for Independent Reading

    Developing independent readers means nurturing the conditions for passion and independent thinking to flourish.

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