Research shows that giving emphasis on critical thinking adds academic vitality not only to learners but to teachers as well. Snodgrass(2011) states that it also increases scores in Standardized Tests. Critical thinking suggests why something occurs and not only what has occurred. This is a deeper understanding of events that transpired and the surrounding occurrences and varied viewpoints about the event.
With the use of in depth questioning and scrutinizing data, teachers and students can work collaboratively in coming up with differing evaluation of data presented. Patterns of information given to them can be processed in manners that allow students to come up with critically thought of conclusions, if applicable. Simply memorizing the data will not help students develop the critical thinking skills they ought to learn and that can help them become better learners and users of knowledge.
Appropriate procedures in utilizing and processing knowledge coupled with intellectual discretion of what can be utilized is a manner in which learners can adapt critical thinking. There are techniques and skills to enhance critical thinking. Establishing professional learning communities is one. This is a way to exchange ideas with others. Discussion boards in learning communities are great sources of additional knowledge. You are also challenged to know more so that you can share more. This is a good starting point in becoming a critical thinker and learner as you participate in these discussion boards.
Another way is to provide more collaborative activities in which the students can actively participate in. Group work where everyone is entail to share his/her ideas to his/her peer can help the student think more. Collaborative learning is helpful not only in enabling students to learn with a group but it also gives a sense of responsibility to utilize the mind to its full potentials.
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