5 Great Resources for Developing Critical Thinking Skills
5 Great Resources for Developing Critical Thinking Skills
PUBLISHED: Thursday, January 30, 2020 by Andilynn Feddeler

Students need to be able to evaluate and question information without becoming overwhelmed or misled. Higher level critical thinking skills are necessary for success in school and in everyday life—these resources will help teachers develop strong reasoning and problem-solving skills in their students.

  • Socratic Methods in the Classroom (grades 8–12) explains how teachers may use questioning, reasoning, and dialogue to encourage critical thinking, problem solving, and independent learning in the secondary classroom. Through a variety of problems, cases, and simulations, teachers will guide students through different variations of the Socratic Method, from question prompts to the case method. 

  • Fighting Fake News! (grades 4–6) focuses on applying critical thinking skills in digital environments while also helping students and teachers to avoid information overload. With the lessons and activities in this book, students will be challenged to look at the media they encounter daily to learn to deepen and extend their media literacy and critical thinking skills. 

  • Philosophy for Kids (grades 4–12) offers young people the opportunity to become acquainted with the wonders of philosophy. Packed with exciting activities arranged around the topics of values, knowledge, reality, and critical thinking, this book can be used individually or by the whole class. 

  • Hands-On STEAM Explorations for Young Learners (grades Pre-K–2) uses popular children’s nursery rhymes to explore STEAM concepts through minds-on, hands-on investigations. Teachers will appreciate the easy-to-follow layout, connections to advanced learning, and easy-to-access materials in each investigation. 

  • Promoting Rigor Through Higher Level Questioning helps teachers create a culture in which students expect and can engage in rigorous, higher level questioning and discussions, and are comfortable enough that they can ask those questions of one another and themselves. The book includes questioning strategies for students’ assignments, assessments, day-to-day activities, and classroom discussions.