So I was trying to grade my students’ reading exams today. An exam, btw, that my colleague and I came up with together. As I started looking at the first person’s exam, I realized that I wasn’t entirely sure that I could even answer all the questions so I went back and took the test myself.
One of the questions we asked was, “create 2 critical thinking questions using either when, why, or how.” – A task that we’ve done some in class. Anyway, it occurred to me as I was taking the test, that I’m not totally sure I know what “critical thinking” questions are. It’s a term we throw around in education circles quite freely. And it comes up often in skill team meetings and I nod along with everyone else and agree that “oh yes, our students need to work on critical thinking” but, what does that mean exactly?
So, I googled it. Here’s at least one resource that came up that might lead to others, I’ll try to add more in a bit, but here’s some food for thought to start with. …
Here’s another, more in brief:
Back in a bit, after I finish grading a few more tests.