Simple Steps to Critical Thinking for Kids and Teens – Plenary presentation,
HUPE conference, 9 April 2016
For those of you who were there and want a copy of the key quotes:
We need new competencies which emphasise innovativeness, creativity, problem solving skills, critical thinking skills. It is not possible to foster these skills in a traditional educational system whose main function is knowledge transfer.
National Curriculum Framework for Pre-school Education and General Compulsory and Secondary Education, Republic of Croatia, July 2010
From the age of 2 "Examining conversational exchanges, and in particular children's reactions to the different types of information they get from adults in response to their own requests, confirms that young children are motivated to actively seek explanations."
Frazier et al, University of Michigan
Journal of Child Development, Nov/Dec 2009
I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.
The child is curious…wants to make sense of things… is open and receptive…experimental.. bold… not afraid of making mistakes… is patient…can tolerate an extraordinary amount of uncertainty, confusion, ignorance and suspense..
John Holt, Natural Learning Style
the aim of education is to enable children to understand
Heraclitus, 6th century BC
“In school, we’re rewarded for having the answer, not for asking a good question.”
Richard Saul Wurman, architect, designer and created TED
What questions should teachers ask:
Do you like..? Why?
Why do you think…?
What would you do if ….?
What do you think is going to happen?
How would you change the story?
The best questions have LOTS of possible answers!
Ask, don’t tell
Ask good questions
Allow kids to imagine and create
Encourage kids’ questions
There’s no such thing as a wrong answer!
The only time my education was interrupted was while I was at school.