critical thinking - Steve Barkley

Podcast for Teachers: Collaboration – Teachers/Students/The Greater Community – Learning for All

A Kindergarten and High School Science teacher describe the collaboration they entered with each other, their students, and outside school partners to engage students in inquiry and critical thinking through hands on learning experiences. They recommend the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program: https://www.globe.gov/ Get in touch with Pam Patterson:  ppatterson@hollandcsd.org […]

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Bloom’s Taxonomy and Questions for Life

An article by Ron Berger, We Learn by Doing: What Educators Get Wrong About Bloom’s Taxonomy, triggered me to reexamine an earlier blog I wrote after reading Sam Wineburg’s and Jack Schneider’s article, Inverting Bloom’s Taxonomy. Berger shares how the original and revised Bloom’s Taxonomy provided educators with an understanding of the importance of giving students opportunities […]

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Planning Questions for Critical Thinking and Learning

The National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking defines critical thinking as an “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.” The process tends to help us judge and evaluate situations based […]

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Building Observation And Conferencing Skills

I have had several opportunities in the last month to spend time with coaches and principals doing group observations in teachers classrooms followed by group discussion of individual’s analysis of what they saw happening in the teaching/ learning process. These sessions often conclude with my modeling of a conference with the teacher about the observation. […]

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Creativity and Critical Thinking

I am preparing a workshop presentation for middle and high school teachers titled Teaching with and for Creativity and Critical Thinking.  The current writing regarding 21st  century  skills that are necessary for students to be college ready and career ready stresses the need for both. Here is a partial list of skills students should be […]

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