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Critical thinking isn’t an “extra” to tack on the end of the day, and it’s not just for gifted students. When you teach critical thinking skills alongside the content, you give all students the tools they need to master concepts and strengthen their thinking—on assessments, throughout their academic careers, and wherever their dreams may take them. We wrote the book on critical thinking in the classroom and developed 9 Traits of Critical Thinking™ to help educators encourage a thinking culture at their schools.
What does critical thinking look like? The educators at Mentoring Minds identified 9 traits that are characteristic of skillful critical thinkers: Adapt, Examine, Create, Communicate, Collaborate, Reflect, Strive, Link, and Inquire. By modeling and teaching these 9 traits across the curriculum, educators can build a thinking culture that supports student growth and achievement. These 9 Traits of Critical Thinking™ are embedded throughout ThinkUp!, our new collection of resources designed to build critical thinking skills.
ThinkUp! Foundations guides teachers and principals with ideas for building a school-wide critical thinking culture and introducing 9 Traits of Critical Thinking™. Team ThinkUp! introduces students to the 9 traits through cross-curricular activities based on grade-appropriate concepts so they can learn to apply the 9 traits in context and reflect on their thinking.
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