Tag Archives: CRITICAL THINKING

How Innovative is My School? (Updated)


How Innovative is My School?   Update: This questionnaire is now less than 30 actual questions in place of over 70.   This should provoke some interesting debates! Give it a try and let me know what you think. It … Continue reading

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Top Schools: The Most Innovative High Schools in South Africa (2017)


  Top Schools in South Africa (The Most Innovative High Schools in the Country)   Update: I have now created a survey which you can take to see how innovative your school is. It is also accompanied by a reading … Continue reading

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How to Build a Teacher in 10 Steps


Introduction: On Touchstones and Magic Right now there is an aspiring teacher who is working on a 60-page paper based on some age-old education theory developed by some dead education professor wondering to herself what this task that she’s engaging … Continue reading

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16 Ways Chess Makes Kids Smart


These are the key ways in which chess helps to develop young (and not so young) minds: Chess improves focus and attention by encouraging sustained mental alertness. Chess develops the skill of tactical and strategic planning. Because players need to … Continue reading

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What is Critical Thinking & How Do You Improve It?


  What is Critical Thinking? In a nutshell, critical thinking is not believing anything… unless the evidence for it is sound. Encoded in this definition are three elements: A sustained skeptical attitude towards the ideas and information which come your … Continue reading

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How to Stop Being Stupid (Part 3: Back to Basics)


Back to Basics Part 1 of How to Stop Being Stupid here Part 2 here

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Expand Your Consciousness In Four Steps


Expand Your Consciousness In Four Two Steps   STEP ONE: Because at some stage of your life you are going to anyway, try any combination of the following New Age 'consciousness-raising' techniques:

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Assessing Thinking


I came across this recently and thought I'd share it:       The original source.    

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Critical Thinking is Everyone’s Responsibility


There you are: enjoying a nice meal in a nicely priced restaurant. Nothing too fancy, just a basic meal and some good company. And then the squeals begin. And the crying. And the shouting. And the nagging. And the running … Continue reading

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Why Geography is Good For You (And Why You Should Take It At School)


Don’t take Geography if you want to know what the capitals of the world’s countries are. Don’t take it if you’re interested in the major imports and exports of Tajikistan. And stay away from Geography if you like knowing the … Continue reading

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Naked Monkey Freaky Smart Stuff: Six of the Best and Most Accessible and Most Interesting Podcasts That Are Better Than Idols


It's been four years since I got turned on to podcasts. I listen to new episodes on my commute to and from work, during my admin periods, while I'm blogging and just about whenever I can stitch a few moments … Continue reading

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‘UnEducation’: A Creative Path to Better Teaching and Learning


Question: What happens when you ‘un’ something? Answer: You turn it into its opposite. You flip it. Believable becomes unbelievable, blocked becomes unblocked and afraid becomes unafraid. Uning doesn’t make a thing disappear, it simply inverts it. It is not … Continue reading

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Not Just a Game: Kids on The Value of Chess in Education


  As you no doubt know, constant reader (because I have gone on about it enough), I teach a chess class as an elective part of our Grade 9 curriculum. This year, as part of their final exam I asked … Continue reading

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The Real Benefit of iPads in Education: A Catalyst for a Critical Change in Pedagogy


During 2014, I conducted research at my school to see if the introduction of iPads as a learning technology had any educational merit.

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10 Reasons Why iPads in Schools Are Dangerous


Introduction Never has one piece of technology caused such a divide among educationalists. ‘Going’ digital seems to be the new vogue and an unstoppable trend in education these days. To be able to research, create content and manage learning in … Continue reading

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Traditional Education is Almost as Dangerous as None at All


  You tell me education will solve all the nation's problems in one fell swoop. Get kids learning you say. The rest follows. I tell you: Traditional education is almost as dangerous as none at all. If you really want … Continue reading

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Fact: Science is True For You Too


It's funny how often people's response to a new piece of research is “well I don't believe that”, or “that's not true for me”. Sometimes this response is justifiable – particularly if the methodology is suspect. Bad science needs to … Continue reading

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My Dad’s Rotary Drill: Why Teaching Critical Thinking in Traditional Schools is Pointless


You know when you were younger and you bought your dad a present for Father's Day that you knew was cool and useful and would change his life forever? Like, say, a small high-speed rotary drill with multiple burrs? There's … Continue reading

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The Education Revolution vs The Scourge of Standardized Assessment: What Really Matters


Teachers: Let’s be brutally honest shall we: exam results are all that matters in education. Bottom line. Don’t misunderstand: What students can regurgitate and explain and do in a stress-fueled few hours should not be the ultimate end of their … Continue reading

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ClassCraft FTW! (Why ClassCraft is the Best Thing to Happen to Education Since the iPad)


ClassCraft is simply awesome! I’ve been using it now for a few months and I have been amazed at how it increases engagement in my class. Developed by high school Physics teacher Shawn Young, and successfully crowd-funded, ClassCraft is revolutionizing … Continue reading

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