Good morning!! I hope that you have been enjoying our Mindsets in the Classroom study as much as we have! It has been great to see you linking up with us too! Don't forget you can go back and grab the frame HERE so you can link up with us!! It's never too late to jump into this awesome book!!
Chapter 4 is all about critical thinking and giving our students the opportunity to think critically. This doesn't mean in just one area once a day. It means multiple times a day, and in ways that are challenging to your students.
Critical thinking is a process that we have to continue to work on and develop. If we do not practice thinking critically then we will set expectations that are too low of ourselves and our students. Mary explained how cooking is not a skill, but a PROCESS that requires many, many different skills. Without these different skills you would not be able to cook. If you could not measure then you would not be able to correctly make a cake.
Thinking critically is also a process where we have to practice many different skills. We have to understand what is being asked, we have to interpret information that is given to us, we have to reason, solve problems and make decisions.
We need to make sure that we provide our students with plenty of opportunities to use their critical thinking process!
When students are able to use their own reasoning skills, then they are able to figure things out and talk about why they arrived at a certain answer. When we continuously give them the answer, or tell them there is only one way to do things, then we have a fixed mindset. By allowing students to try different ways, we are showing them that it is okay to think outside the book, and sharing the ideas that we are allowing them to have a growth mindset.
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