Critical Thinking- What Does it Look Like?

Bloom's Taxonomy and Webb's Depth of Knowledge
To understand how to use Revised Bloom's Taxonomy and Webb's Depth of Knowledge together as you plan critical thinking learning experiences in your classroom, check out the short video to the right.

For a graphic representation of what Revised Bloom's Taxonomy and Webb's Depth of Knowledge look like in unison, take a look at the Cognitive Rigor Matrices linked below.  There are 2 separate matrices: one for Mathematics/Science and one for Reading/Writing.  These tables indicate the level of Revised Bloom's Taxonomy down the left side and the level of Webb's Depth of Knowledge along the top.  In the body of these tables, classroom activities and assignments are listed in the cell which indicates the intersection of the appropriate levels of Revised Bloom's Taxonomy and Webb's Depth of Knowledge. 

Students who think critically can:
Reason Effectively 
  • Use various types of reasoning (inductive, deductive, etc.) as appropriate to the situation
Use Systems Thinking 
  • Analyze how parts of a whole interact with each other to produce overall outcomes in complex systems 
Make Judgments and Decisions
  • Effectively analyze and evaluate evidence, arguments, claims and beliefs 
  • Analyze and evaluate major alternative points of view 
  • Synthesize and make connections between information and arguments 
  • Interpret information and draw conclusions based on the best analysis 
  • Reflect critically on learning experiences and processes 
Solve Problems 
  • Solve different kinds of non-familiar problems in both conventional and innovative ways 
  • Identify and ask significant questions that clarify various points of view and lead to better solutions
The following documents share ideas about promoting effective research, literacy and writing into critical thinking assignments along with some example assignments to use in the