Ideas for Fostering Critical and Creative Thinking

  Being able to think critically and creatively will prepare learners to approach opportunities with intelligence. Learning requires flexible and inquiring minds that not only take in information, but also question it. Students need multiple opportunities to practice and test their abilities through inquiry.

The Learning Commons gives learners opportunities to develop their own learning experiences. As a result, they will be able to build the reflective practice of learning for life.

Together for Learning p. 21 (OSLA 2010)

Explore the T4L vision for Critical and Creative Thinking, including ideas for implementation on pages 21-22 of the print document, or on the corresponding page in this website: Critical and Creative Thinking.

Read and write for different purposes:

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  • Help students understand the purpose of different research sources and how to select the right starting point for their research need.
  Find the Right Source
  • Explicitly teach critical thinking with a lens on historical thinking concepts.
  Critical Thinking Consortium: The Historical Thinking Project

Evaluate texts:
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Navigate and create texts in a variety of formats:
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Interpret media texts:
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Interpret images and graphics:
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Think deeply:
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  • Help students develop questioning skills.
  • Focus on metacognition.

Build knowledge interactively:
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  • Use interactive webspaces like PBworks or Wikispaces to collaborate for inquiry.
  • Use a blog to create a virtual book club.
  • Use the Knowledge-Building Centre model for creating collaborative online inquiry units.
  • As a teacher, be a part of the learning conversation and enage students in real-world creative problem-solving. Create a space for students to share opinions and debate issues related to school life.
  MacPhail Virtual Commons
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  Use Leading Learning standard, Cultivating Effective Instructional Design to Co-Plan, Teach and Assess Learning (p. 15) to frame approaches for cultivating critical thinking and creativity.
  Use the Leading Learning standard, Fostering Literacies to Empower Lifelong Learners (p. 17) to prioritize instructional strategies.