Sure, you use critical thinking skills in the classroom to solve word problems in math, write essays in English, and create hypotheses in science. Basically, it means that you are using reason and logic to come to a conclusion about an issue or decision you are tangling with. To help you make the leap from classroom to real world, here are 3 concrete examples of critical thinking in everyday life. Take a moment to reflect on your media skills. Do you think you have what it takes to sort out a real news source from a piece of clever advertising?
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The frustrations teenagers experience with school are more a case of statistics and lack of experience than that of work ethic or "attitude" problems. These statistics are not tied to socioeconomic status, weight or time spent in a seat; they're genetic and experiential. We have a bell curve of abstraction and experience, and we're only beginning to think about how to honor that. My working, classroom definition of abstraction is the ability to simultaneously consider multiple states of a system in order to analyze it for patterns, behavior and predictability. It's something like the difference between solving an equation for a specific value of x and being able to suggest different slopes and intercepts that would model data well. Piaget 1 explained this stage as "Formal Operational," and he claimed this abstract level of thinking begins to develop in the early teen years.
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An important part of the definition of hands-on has to include manipulatives, or realistic concrete representations, in the activity that helps the student construct the concept and explain the concept with the manipulatives or concrete representation in a meaningful way. Hands-on is more than just an activity. In fact it is more than just a process, it is a way of teaching and learning with meaningful representations. When we observe students using a manipulative in a hands-on activity we can literally see how their external representations mirror their internal representation.
What they will expect, though, is for you to be able to think ; to know how to make connections between ideas and evaluate information critically. It seemed like something that my teachers just expected us to pick up in the course of our studies. While I venture that a lot of us did learn it, I prefer to approach learning deliberately, and so I decided to investigate critical thinking for myself. What is it, how do we do it, why is it important, and how can we get better at it? This post is my attempt to answer those questions.