Critical Thinking Skills Books

When I was teaching college students I was often surprised at how little they knew about the process of thinking.There was a lack of self-awareness when it came to one’s thoughts, how the brain works, how to learn, and how to study.I want to raise children who are able to think for themselves and who accept others who think differently from them.Who recognize that different ways of thinking will often bring people together to solve a problem.I want to raise children who are critical thinkers — who do not simply accept something put before them.That when faced with a “truth,” they have more questions than answers. Children who try something in a different way, a new way, maybe a better way.I think too often our children get the message in school that there is only one correct answer and that conformity is the rule.Then one day, real life happens and suddenly there will no longer be a “right” answer.

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In truth, we can raise children who are aware of their thinking, we can encourage our children to engage in flexible thinking and innovative thought.I was lucky to be at a college where the psychology major was designed around teaching critical thinking.The focus wasn’t on facts and figures, but on how to make reasoned decisions — to think critically.We didn’t teach students metacognition and it develops across a lifetime.When children move from egocentric thinking to being able to take another person’s perspective, they are just beginning to develop metacognition.Reading books that give different messages about thinking is so important to counteract that pressure on perfection, conformity, and the single right answer. It is a great book about diversity and also overcoming hard situations in life. …She was DIFFERENT NOT LESS,” they all finally agreed.”This story about Temple Grandin shows her perseverance and how she thinks differently, how her thoughts are in pictures.But it also showcases how people may think differently — how brains and brain functioning is diverse, “Then, little by little, though sometimes she balked, special teachers helped Temple, and one day she talked! It is that same ability to think in pictures that led her to solve a real-life problem.Books are an amazing way to open the window to metacognition.Any book that shows what the character is thinking or goes through the process of solving a problem, ideally in a unique way, will make an impression on your child and promote critical and innovative thinking.But if we do it with the little things, they expect it for the big things. And if my son does ask for help, I try to help him with the next step instead of solving the whole problem.This philosophy works from everything from opening a yogurt to math homework.

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  1. Teachers can give students a bounty of motivation by rewarding success publicly, giving praise for a job well done, and sharing exemplary work. One way to motivate your students is to get them to take a hard look at themselves and determine their own strengths and weaknesses. One of the best ways to get your students motivated is to share your enthusiasm. Students need to know that their teacher has a genuine interest in them and cares about them and their success. Knowing your students also has some other benefits, namely that it allows you to relate classroom material to things that students are interested in or have experienced. It can be great to help students get motivated, but at the end of the day they need to be able to generate their own motivation. Some students find the prospect of not doing well so anxiety-inducing that it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.