What is Critical Thinking?
Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally, understanding the logical connection between ideas.
Critical thinking might be described as the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking.
In essence, critical thinking requires you to use your ability to reason. It is about being an active learner rather than a passive recipient of information.
Critical thinkers rigorously question ideas and assumptions rather than accepting them at face value. They will always seek to determine whether the ideas, arguments and findings represent the entire picture and are open to finding that they do not.
Critical thinkers will identify, analyse and solve problems systematically rather than by intuition or instinct.
Someone with critical thinking skills can:
- Understand the links between ideas.
- Determine the importance and relevance of arguments and ideas.
- Recognise, build and appraise arguments.
- Identify inconsistencies and errors in reasoning.
- Approach problems in a consistent and systematic way.
- Reflect on the justification of their own assumptions, beliefs and values.
= Provided a life situation which is difficult to solve in a way that both sides are satisfed and ask students to think about it and tell possible solutions. Ex.: "I want a dog but my mom is allergic to dogs, what do I do?"
= Provided a list of words, in which all the word combinations are possible, asked students to come up with as many word combinations as possible. Ex.: "work, music, traveling. friends, environment, sports, TV, fun..". I like travelling with my friends for fun.
= Discussed the last video and the role of girls in the world.
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