Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Our goal is to teach our students how to think critically to design and manage projects, solve problems, and make effective decisions using a variety of digital tools and resources.
How can a blog be used to amplify and improve critical thinking and problem solving skills?
– document and post descriptive feedback (strengths and next steps)
– further student inquiry by asking deep thinking questions
– share links to new ideas and information (create opportunities for amplified learning)
– post written reflections about teaching and learning
– comment, reply and ask other bloggers questions about teaching and learning
– use the blog as a teaching platform to post provocations or problems that require a collaborative effort
– reply to comments from family, teachers, admin, support staff, peers, students in other schools, students in other countries, global learning partners, experts . . .
– respond to descriptive feedback from family, teachers, peers. . .
– write thoughtful comments to their peers, students in other schools, students from other countries, global learning partners (name new learning, identify misconceptions, ask questions, share more information . . .)
– create unique products of learning using apps like Explain Everything, Book Creator, and iMovie
– choose and justify the use of apps to support the process of learning and to create products of learning
– document and post the process and products of learning and invite others to provide feedback
– ask questions
– answer questions
– access links to new information, ideas and learning and post reflections on new learning
– document and post “thinking” (student metacognition)
– reflect on learning
– post about a problem in the classroom and students individually comment on that post to share why it is a problem and how they can solve the problem
– observe digital citizenship rights and responsibilities
– build new relationships with global learning partners (compare and contrast differences between cultures and traditions to develop an appreciation of our multi-cultural world)
– create digital portfolio
Visit the Program Department’s website for more information and resources.