When our students are taught to embrace the hallmarks associated with critical thinking, educators can be assured that students are on the road to a bright future

4 ideas to infuse critical thinking in ELA and social studies


When our students are taught to embrace the hallmarks associated with critical thinking, educators can be assured that students are on the road to a bright future

Every teacher knows the importance of critical thinking in education. Strong critical thinkers make better decisions, are more informed, have more career opportunities, and are generally better equipped to navigate the challenges of everyday life.

In the classroom, critical thinking is essential to the growth and betterment of our students. It’s not enough for them to simply memorize that 6 times 6 equals 36; they also need to know the underlying principle behind the equation. And, when put into practice, it can unleash student potential in ways we’ve never dreamed.

Just consider Ann Makosinski (16), a student who created a flashlight that is powered by her own thermal energy. Kelvin Doe (13), of Sierra Leone, built a radio transmitter and generator for his village out of spare parts. Another student, Gitanjali Rao (12), was inspired by the crisis in Flint, Michigan, to build a way to send water-quality information via Bluetooth.

While these are obviously extreme examples, the fact remains that students like that could be in your classroom. What are we doing to ensure that their critical thinking is being forged and allowed to flourish?

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