Critical Thinking- How Do I do it?

Critical Thinking Strategy Videos
Critical Thinking Lesson and Activities
The following documents provide information on how to create critical thinking lesson plans; with details on different questioning techniques and strategies to use with students along with details about what a critical thinking environment in the classroom looks like. 
  • The ABC’S of Critical Thinking Lesson Plans
  • Fun Critical Thinking Activities for Any Class
  • Critical Thinking Strategy- Consensus BuildingConsensus building is a process that families, coworkers, peers and social groups engage in daily as they  compromise and make collaborative decisions.  Using consensus building activities in your classroom can help students internalize appropriate ways to participate in collaborative settings and reach agreeable compromises without sacrificing what matters.  Below is a strategy plan that can be adapted for any classroom at any grade level. 
  • Using Socratic CirclesA Socratic circle (also called Socratic seminar) is a formal discussion, based on a text, in which the leader asks open-ended questions.  Within the context of the discussion, students listen closely to the comments of others, thinking critically for themselves, and articulate their own thoughts and their responses to the thoughts of others. In a Socratic circle, participants seek deeper understanding of complex ideas in the text through thoughtful dialogue, rather than by memorizing bits of information. They learn to work cooperatively and to question intelligently and civilly.