Framing for Critical Thinking

    Setting up a frame for your class, perhaps through an essential question or two, is a good way to help students make connections and deeply learn material. A key element of critical thinking is making connections. This ability is captured in Bloom’s Taxonomy as synthesis, but even if you have some issues with Bloom’s (like me), it’s hard to argue that seeing how things fit together is a component of thinking. This is especially true when those things don’t obviously relate to one another. Seeing relationships where none obviously exist is an important thing. It’s also a hard thing, especially for students new to a class or discipline. […]

Teaching Thought — Note Taking as Critical Thinking

Recent research shows students who take written notes as opposed to on a laptop have higher retention of material. We ought to encourage quality note taking in our classes for learning and critical thinking. A recent article in Scientific American is an excellent summary of research on how students take notes and how that method impacts their rendition of material. Simply put, students who take notes on their laptops retain and remember less than students who write their notes by hand. This is because, the researchers hypothesize, students who take notes by hand are forced to synthesize while writing. Those who type on the laptop can type faster than they […]

Smartboard Resources via Pinterest

I know, I know.  You think Pinterest is just for recipies and craft ideas.  But I am beginning to find it’s an excellent place to find resources and ideas for the classroom.  I am drafting a post that discusses what Pinterest is and how it might be used in higher ed, but for now, check out these Pinterest Boards: I know folks are always searching for ways to better integrate the Smartboard into the classroom.  There’s a Pinterest Board for that!  It seems to be geared more toward K-12 teachers (so you School of Ed folks can find lots of resources to pass to your students here), but there are […]

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