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Our roundup of resources will help you implement Socratic seminars and other classroom discussion models that encourage critical thinking.

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"Knowing the answers may help them in school, but knowing how to question will help them for life."

5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners

"Knowing the answers may help them in school, but knowing how to question will help them for life."

By collecting their learning artifacts and compiling them into portfolios, students should have an opportunity to reflect upon their experiences and see their own growth.

The Art of Reflection

By collecting their learning artifacts and compiling them into portfolios, students should have an opportunity to reflect upon their experiences and see their own growth.

Attorney and author G. Randy Kasten suggests that educators have an obligation to prepare young minds for the thickening information cloud they're already being forced to navigate.

Overcoming Obstacles to Critical Thinking

Attorney and author G. Randy Kasten suggests that educators have an obligation to prepare young minds for the thickening information cloud they're already being forced to navigate.

As students get more confident asking questions in class, they'll be better prepared to take their questioning attitude into the world.

Who Wants to Know? Use Student Questions to Drive Learning

As students get more confident asking questions in class, they'll be better prepared to take their questioning attitude into the world.

Bring real-world authenticity to literacy analysis by including movie criticism in your lessons.

Using Film to Teach Analysis Skills

Bring real-world authenticity to literacy analysis by including movie criticism in your lessons.

[Link to download] 53 Ways to Check for Understanding

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

Through alternative formative assessment, teachers can check for student understanding without falling back on the tedious or intimidating pop quiz.

Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson proposes teachers move past off-the-cuff and knowledge-based questions by designing questions before teaching.

How to Use Wild Hog Questions in the Classroom

Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson proposes teachers move past off-the-cuff and knowledge-based questions by designing questions before teaching.

Watch Carol Dweck, Stanford University's growth mindset guru and researcher, talk about the winning combination of having high expectations of students and providing effective support.

Watch What's Working: Carol Dweck Talks Growth Mindset

Watch Carol Dweck, Stanford University's growth mindset guru and researcher, talk about the winning combination of having high expectations of students and providing effective support.

A Guide For Teaching With Analogies by Terry Heick. Analogies are one of the best kept secrets in education. Often used as multiple choice question items or as warm-ups to begin a lesson, analogies are used in teaching and learning strategies because of their flexibility, ease of use, and tendency to force cognitive load on students.

A Guide For Teaching With Analogies - | Critical Thinking

From part to whole to synonyms and antonyms, to cause and effect and step and sequences, here are fourteen types of analogies for critical thinking.

Combining Critical Thinking Skills with Bloom's Taxonomy

The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom

Bloom’s & SOLO ‘are not Just Colorful Posters we Hang on the Wall’ is my two-part series at Education Week Teacher. Bloom’s Taxonomy is talked about a lot in educational…

Educators are tasked with teaching students how to find answers themselves. And it all starts with a simple three-word phrase: I don't know.

The Power of "I Don't Know"

Educators are tasked with teaching students how to find answers themselves. And it all starts with a simple three-word phrase: I don't know.

Great infographic from Mentoring Minds on developing 21st century critical thinkers.

25 Ways to Develop 21st Century Thinkers

Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education