Encouraging Critical Thinking in Your Child

critical1For a long time in education, the emphasis in classrooms has been on imparting information and content. But more recently, the focus has shifted toward the teaching of critical thinking, a skill that employers are also seeking more frequently in job candidates.

Critical thinking is about knowing how to think, not what to think. Teaching critical thinking requires students to ask the kind of questions that lead to informed decisions and to make reasoned judgments that are logical and well thought out.

To stimulate your children to think critically, challenge them to:

  • Find the evidence that supports a particular argument or conclusion.
  • Ask open-ended questions that don’t have one right answer.
  • Categorize and classify. Classification plays an important role in critical thinking because it requires identification and sorting according to a rule, or set of rules, that kids must discover, understand, and apply.
  • Work in groups. In a group setting, students are exposed to the thought processes of their peers. They can begin to understand how others think and that there are multiple ways of approaching problems.
  • Make decisions. Learn to consider pros and cons, but don’t be afraid to make a wrong choice.
  • Find patterns and make connections between things.
  • Ask questions such as “How do you know that?” and “Is there an alternative possibility?”

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