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Our roundup of resources will help you implement Socratic seminars and other classroom discussion models that encourage critical thinking.

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This article has some great open-ended question for SEL time. Taking attendance shows which students are physically present, but asking an attendance question stretches students' minds toward actively learning as part of a classroom community. Expression Imagée, Middle School, High School, School Discipline, Inquiry Based Learning, Academic Success, Christian School, Classroom Community, Community College

5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners

"Knowing the answers may help them in school, but knowing how to question will help them for life."

Digital Portfolio Ideas: By collecting their learning artifacts and compiling them into portfolios, students should have an opportunity to reflect upon their experiences and see their own growth. Project Based Learning, Learning Process, Student Learning, Art Teacher Jobs, Teacher Portfolio, Portfolio Ideas, Student Led Conferences, Technology Integration, Arts Integration

The Art of Reflection

By collecting their learning artifacts and compiling them into portfolios, students should have an opportunity to reflect upon their experiences and see their own growth.

Attorney and author G. Randy Kasten suggests that educators have an obligation to prepare young minds for the thickening information cloud they're already being forced to navigate.

Overcoming Obstacles to Critical Thinking

Attorney and author G. Randy Kasten suggests that educators have an obligation to prepare young minds for the thickening information cloud they're already being forced to navigate.

Edutopia pinned this fantastic article on how to get students more confident in asking questions. As students get more confident asking questions in class, they'll be better prepared to take their questioning attitude into the world. Teaching Plan, Teaching Social Studies, Teaching Kindergarten, Teaching Tools, Teacher Resources, Blended Learning, Deep Learning, Education And Literacy, Museum Education

Who Wants to Know? Use Student Questions to Drive Learning

As students get more confident asking questions in class, they'll be better prepared to take their questioning attitude into the world.

Film to Teach Analysis Skills Bring real-world authenticity to literacy analysis by including movie criticism in your lessons.Bring real-world authenticity to literacy analysis by including movie criticism in your lessons. English Teaching Resources, Teaching Literature, Teaching Tips, College Teaching, High School Drama, Teaching Theatre, Ela Classroom, Classroom Ideas, Effective Teaching

Using Film to Teach Analysis Skills

Bring real-world authenticity to literacy analysis by including movie criticism in your lessons.

Ways to Do Formative Assessment in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. Different ideas for how to check for understanding. This would be helpful for teachers to use different assessments based on different learning styles and abilities. Instructional Coaching, Instructional Strategies, Differentiated Instruction, Teaching Strategies, Teaching Tips, Instructional Design, Formative Assessment Strategies, Differentiation Strategies, College Teaching

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

Through alternative formative assessment, teachers can check for student understanding without falling back on the tedious or intimidating pop quiz.

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How to Use Wild Hog Questions in the Classroom

Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson proposes teachers move past off-the-cuff and knowledge-based questions by designing questions before teaching.

Growth Mindset: Watch Carol Dweck, Stanford University's growth mindset guru and researcher, talk about the winning combination of having high expectations of students and providing effective support.

Watch What's Working: Carol Dweck Talks Growth Mindset

Watch Carol Dweck, Stanford University's growth mindset guru and researcher, talk about the winning combination of having high expectations of students and providing effective support.

Analogies are useful for teaching and learning because they require students to analyze a thing (or things) and then transfer that analysis. This requires at least a basic level of understanding. A Guide For Teaching With Analogies - Similes And Metaphors, Synonyms And Antonyms, Fact And Opinion, Effective Learning, Levels Of Understanding, 21st Century Learning, Problem And Solution, Writing Advice, Critical Thinking

A Guide For Teaching With Analogies - | Critical Thinking

From part to whole to synonyms and antonyms, to cause and effect and step and sequences, here are fourteen types of analogies for critical thinking.

This is great chart on critical thinking/Bloom's Taxonomy. It gives you a break down of critical thinking skills. The chart offers key words for each level of critical thinking skills. Teaching Strategies, Teaching Tips, Note Taking Strategies, Teaching Channel, Learning Objectives, Teaching Art, Formation Continue, Higher Order Thinking, Critical Thinking Skills

The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom

Bloom’s & SOLO ‘are not Just Colorful Posters we Hang on the Wall’ is my two-part series at Education Week Teacher. Bloom’s Taxonomy is talked about a lot in educational…

Educators are tasked with teaching students how to find answers themselves. And it all starts with a simple three-word phrase: I don& know. 21st Century Schools, 21st Century Learning, 21st Century Skills, Professional School, Professional Development, Common Core Curriculum, Research Skills, School Leadership, Instructional Design

The Power of "I Don't Know"

Educators are tasked with teaching students how to find answers themselves. And it all starts with a simple three-word phrase: I don't know.

Ways to Develop Century Thinkers Great infographic from Mentoring Minds on developing century critical thinkers.Great infographic from Mentoring Minds on developing century critical thinkers. Thinking Strategies, Critical Thinking Skills, Teaching Strategies, Teaching Resources, Critical Thinking Activities, Creative Thinking Skills, Teaching Skills, Teaching Biology, Teaching Art

25 Ways to Develop 21st Century Thinkers

Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education