My name is Hillary Kiser, and I have been teaching for seven years now. Rachel was so sweet to allow me to be a guest on her blog and talk about Creative and Critical Thinking. Thank you, Rachel! I hope you all enjoy this post and learn a few things about incorporating creative and critical thinking in your classroom!
Teaching children to think sounds easy…but really, how do you teach a child to think? Aren’t they born knowing how to form thoughts? Well, having the ability to think is something we are born with, but being able to think in such a way that you absorb information and learn from it is a very different thing!
Thinking While Reading
Some students have been taught from a young age how to “think while reading,” others have not been taught this skill. In our classroom we encourage thinking while reading anything. One thing we love to use is the Scholastic order forms to help push our thinking.
I love this activity because the order forms are free, and I always receive a ton of them. I pass them out about twice a month, and the students use this form to do some creative and critical thinking about the different types of books they are discussing.
Assessing Outside of the Box