What we want is for you to be able to reflect independently on the exploration we’re about to take on critical thinking, and decide what it means for yourself. “Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.”—“Critical thinking is a widely accepted educational goal.
We’ll provide you with the insights, tools, and resources to help you make your own decisions about how to define it and how to develop it—in yourself, your children, and your learners. Its definition is contested, but the competing definitions can be understood as differing conceptions of the same basic concept: careful thinking directed to a goal.”—“Thoughtful people ponder the meaning of what they learn and the consequences of what they do.
That’s why critical thinkers act as much with their hearts as they do with their minds.
Opportunities to apply critical thinking skills are all around us every moment.
Learning how to think in this manner it isn’t easy—otherwise, everyone would do it.
Nevertheless, it remains one of the most beneficial skills we can impart to our learners.Developing and improving critical thinking skills is a life study, and one that’s definitely worth pursuing.In fact, according to all the educators we speak with in our travels, critical thinking skills rank among what they believe to be the most necessary skills for our learners to have for life beyond school.Critical thinking also means not taking anything at face value.It means always asking questions and exploring all sides of an issue, and appreciating the deeper facts hiding in everything.It’s also thinking in a self-regulated and self-corrective manner—essentially, thinking on purpose.Critical thinking involves mindful forms of communication, problem-solving, and a freedom from any bias or egocentric tendency.and to support the shift toward student-centered classrooms.The flip chart addresses each dimension of T-TESS domains 1–3 and serves as a powerful tool to help administrators and teachers engage in deeper conversations about educational practices and create a school-wide culture of con...Effective critical thinkers remain tuned into this and are always alert for chances to apply their best thinking habits to any situation.A desire to think critically about even the simplest of issues and tasks indicates a desire for constructive outcomes.