21st century education
One of the answers you would definitely get when you ask any teacher about the skills their students should have is critical thinking. Of course there is more to it than just critical thinking, there is also the ability to
- Find information
- validate this information
- Synthesize it
- Leverage information
- Communicate information
- Collaborate with it
- Problem solve it
- Reflect about it
- Evaluate it
- Publish it
All of these skills are very important for our students particularly in this digitally focused age but if you have a close look at this list you will notice that critical thinking is at the center and all the other skills revolve around it. Hence the importance of developing critical thinkers and learners.
Critical thinking in its broadest meaning, refers to a diverse range of intellectual skills and activities concerned with evaluating information as well as evaluating our thought in a disciplined way. To learn more about critical learning I would recommend that you check these posts :
- What does Critical Thinking Mean ?
- What Does It Mean to Be A 21st Century Literate ?
- What Teachers Need to Know about 21st Century Literacy
- The 21st Century Learning and Teaching Skills you should not Miss
We would also like invite you to have a look at this great poster from Enokson and which we keep referring to whenever we are talking about critical thinking. It does a great job in illustrating thinking skills in a practically useful way. You can download this poster from this Link or print it off and use it with your students in the class.