Posts tagged critical thinking
Heavy Lifting: The Exercise of Critical Thinking

Getting better at thinking means flexing those thinking muscles every day; if we don’t, those thinking muscles can atrophy. Of course, students flex their critical thinking muscles a little in every lesson, but they can make even better progress with some intentional skill-building. You can do this by asking thoughtful questions on the fly in discussions, or adding them at the end of any homework assignment.

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Combining Memorization With Critical Thinking

If you search for information on the pros and cons of memorization in learning, you’ll easily find a trove of vehement arguments at either end of the spectrum. That’s not altogether too surprising, as you can find articles to support almost any opinion.However, as with most things, there is a both/and. There is a grey area. The extremes are rarely the resting point of a good conclusion. Extremes help us challenge our own viewpoint or help us test the edges of a problem, but they are rarely the answer.

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