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The Best Resources On Teaching & Learning Critical Thinking In The Classroom


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Teaching and learning critical thinking in the classroom will be the topic of my next Education Week Teacher column (contribute your ideas there, please), so I wanted to develop a “The Best…” list with supporting materials.

I put out a call on Twitter and Google Plus for people to make suggestions, but unfortunately didn’t do a great job of keeping track who made the suggestions. I apologize if I did not credit you for your suggestion. I’ll keep much better track the next time I put out a similar request.

I hope readers will contribute additional suggestions.

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I also included a chapter and several lesson plans related to critical thinking in my book, Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Challenges.

Here are my picks, and the picks from my Personal Learning Network, for The Best Resources On Teaching & Learning Critical Thinking In The Classroom:

How to Encourage Critical Thinking in Science and Math is by David R. Wetzel.

Getting Specific About Critical Thinking is from Education Week.

The Critical Thinking Compendium is an impressive wiki created by Howard Rheingold and others.

The Critical Thinking Community

Evaluating Information is from the University of the West.

Here are resources from Project Zero at Harvard.

Melissa Techman has a nice collection of critical thinking-related links.

Cybrary Man also has an extensive collection of links.

Here are the suggestions I got from people on Google Plus. I actually posted twice requesting resources, and here is the other list I received.

Here’s a summary of an ELT Chat on Promoting Critical Thinking with ELL’s.

Bridge8, an organization in Australia, recently produced these excellent animations on critical thinking, along with an accompanying resource for teachers.:

Also, speaking of critical thinking, I’m also adding Critical Thinking: A Necessary Skill in the Age of Spin from Edutopia to that list.

Why and How to Encourage Students’ Critical Thinking Skills – an #Eltchat Summary is from a March, 2012 conversation (this is a different one from the summary mentioned earlier in this post).

Back to knowledge: The Ironic Path of Teaching Thinking is by Dr. Yoram Harpaz.

Critical Thinking: Why Is It So Hard to Teach? is by Daniel Willingham.

Critical Thinking: Ways to Improve Your Child’s Mind is from Dr. Marilyn Price-Mitchell.

What Is Critical Thinking? is from Farnam Street.

Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking is from Edutopia.

Thinking Critically is from The University of British Columbia.

How to Train Your Mind to Think Critically and Form Your Own Opinions is from LifeHacker, and reviews a number of studies.

On a journey to think critically is from Oxford Press.

How To Teach All Students To Think Critically is from IFL Science.

Feedback and additional suggestions are welcome.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


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