Scratch Your Brain: Novel Ways to Interest Students in Critical Thinking. Objectives. Briefly discuss definitions of “critical thinking.” Consider arguments and critical thinking. Consider characteristics of critical thinkers. Explore some novel critical thinking exercises.
What is YOUR definition of
Thinking “outside” the box
“The intellectually disciplined
process of actively and skillfully
conceptualizing, applying, analyzing,
synthesizing, and evaluating information.”
The National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking, 1987
“Critical thinking is the art of analyzing and evaluating thinking with a view to improving it.”
The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking: Concepts And Tools, 5 ed.
Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably why so few engage in it.
Humans are mortalGreeks are humanTherefore, Greeks are mortal
Monty Python: Argument Clinic
An Eskimo’s back?
One train leaves from NYC heading towards LA at 100 mph. Three hours later, a train leaves from LA heading towards NYC at 200 mph. Assume there’s exactly 2000 miles between LA and NYC. When they meet, which train is closer to NYC?
they’re both at the same spot, so they are both the same distance from NYC.
As I was going to St. Ives I met a man with seven wives. Each wife had seven sacks. Each sack had seven cats. Each cat had seven kits. Kits, cats, sacks, and wives, how many were going to St. Ives?
A duck, a goose, a goat, and a horse all entered the barn at different times one day last week.
1) A mammal entered the barn first.2) The duck entered before the goose.3) The goose entered ahead of the horse.
Who entered the barn first?
Determine both one-word answers.The floor of ship or boat,They walk on me at sea;Where there’s a C, make it an S,At school you sit on me.
How might you use some of these ideas in your classroom?
Could students use critical thinking in generating critical thinking activities to share with the class?