NPDL Critical Thinking

Learning Environment

"The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see." Alexandra K Trefnor

Website: The Critical Thinking Consortium

Critical Thinking Consortium

The Canadian website The Critical Thinking Consortium offers a rich library of resources for educational leaders and teachers. It includes courses and units, thinking tools and videos for students.

Explore the website to find resources on critical thinking in the classroom.

Consider the following:

  • What resources can you use with your students?

Website: Harnessing Provocations for Deeper Learning

Read Harnessing Provocations for Deeper Learning. Read about provocations in the classroom. Provocations are strategically created questions based around a specific concept. They encourage students to:

  • Initiate new ideas and questions
  • Use Higher Order Thinking Skills
  • Be involved in rich discussion.

Read the teacher's blog on his pursuit of a classroom that is "Totally Learned As"

Consider the following:

  • How are you using questions to provoke thinking?
  • How are you structuring your provocations?
  • How do you use them in the classroom?

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