Tag Archives: Critical thinking

Effective questioning techniques

2 Aug


Fabulous infographic illustrating different strategies for questioning. Use this as a prompt if you get stuck on questioning to determine understanding or just to refresh your memory on alternative ways to question.

Source: http://alfredovela.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/procesosocratico.jpg

Starter of the week – Student reflection task

2 Jun


This is a good reflective starter and continuation exercise from Laura Candler’s brilliant site. Now we’re coming to the end of the year it’s a good time to get the students thinking about what they’ve done and to reflect on what they could do differently, also what they’ve learnt.

Just use the reflective prompts on the sheet to stimulate thought and discussion and then the students can feedback either verbally or by writing their answers (could be anonymously). This is a great tool for developing teaching and learning for the following year and offers an insight into what students really think! Remember to encourage them to be honest.

Last year I used a similar task and the best answers I made into a display for the new year to inform students about what they would be learning and what to expect in lessons.


Source: http://www.lauracandler.com/filecabinet/seasonal/SchoolYearReflections.pdf
Source: http://corkboardconnections.blogspot.co.uk/

Resource bundle linked to the Red Cross

14 May


This is a treasure trove of lessons from the Red Cross that covers current affairs and events to encourage and utilise higher order thinking skills including dilemmas. The tasks include speaking, listening, reading and writing and can be adapted for a variety of topics.

See on the link below for the list of lessons and all the resources and planning materials.

Source: http://www.redcross.org.uk/What-we-do/Teaching-resources/Lesson-plans
Image: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net

Critical Thinking Skills

11 Mar

This handy table assists in writing objectives that encourage students to reflect, evaluate and think critically.  A useful poster in getting students to develop independent learning skills and prepare them for higher level study.  It’s also a good tool for introducing higher level writing terminology used in achievement criterion.

Critical Thinking Skills