Teaching students to analyze and evaluate information is a key focus for all teachers at all grade levels. Indeed, I work on this skill all the time with preservice teachers as much as I did teaching elementary school. Critical thinking skills has become a more targeted focus of instruction in the wake of the Common Core State Standards, and there are a number of resources to help you thinking about planning instruction to develop critical thinking skills in students.
- This Critical Thinking video helps explain critical thinking skills for students.
- Many critical thinking resources are available at criticalthinking.org.
- Edutopia has some ideas for teaching critical thinking skills also.
- The Teaching Channel has this great video discussing using art to build critical thinking skills.
- One of my favorite literacy resources, ReadWriteThink, has a lesson plan on using whole-class dialogue to build critical thinking skills.
- The blog Partners in Education also includes a post with some good ideas about teaching students to ask questions to support critical thinking.
What resources do you use to help you plan instruction to build critical thinking skills in students.