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Patty Baumeister

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Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in School and at Home

Posted by Patty Baumeister on Aug 16, 2016 11:36:50 AM

On the first day of school, I tell my students that the hardest thing I am going to ask them to do during the year is to THINK. I don’t want them to repeat my words or recite from a textbook, but rather to give me mindful answers that they have thought about. I often start the day with a “Question of the Day.” Some examples are: Why are most barns painted red? Why do dalmatians have spots? What is your favorite day of the week? I am never disappointed with their answers. Actually, my students often think of things I didn’t, and I find great joy in sharing their responses with parents and my colleagues.

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Topics: Education, learning, questions, critical thinking, Thinking