5 Ways to Teach Critical Thinking to Gifted Students
5 Ways to Teach Critical Thinking to Gifted Students
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 by Andilynn Feddeler

Critical thinking, as author Colin Seale noted, is the essential tool for ensuring that students fulfill their promise. But, in reality, critical thinking is still a luxury good, and students with the greatest potential are too often challenged the least. These books offer tools and resources to encourage students to consider multiple perspectives, explore their imagination, and think deeply about everyday situations they encounter.

  • Thinking Like a Lawyer introduces a powerful but practical framework to close the critical thinking gap. Colin Seale, a teacher-turned-attorney-turned-education-innovator and founder of thinkLaw, uses his unique experience to introduce a wide variety of concrete instructional strategies and examples that teachers can use in all grade levels and subject areas. 

  • 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. Students will learn to reason judiciously, gain an understanding of important issues, and develop the necessary skills to discuss these issues in their communities. 

  • Promoting Rigor Through Higher Level Questioning equips teachers with effective questioning strategies and challenges students to think critically, as well as explore their curiosity and imagination. The book helps make lively, in-depth dialogue the norm and includes questioning strategies for students’ assignments, assessments, day-to-day activities, and classroom discussions.

  • Take a Stand! (grades 9–12) helps teens develop critical thinking skills by examining debates on issues directly relevant to their lives (that you won’t find in most classroom materials). Each chapter encourages high school students to develop their own positions while learning to appreciate other perspectives and includes discussion questions to guide arguments, as well as helpful sidebars and illustrations to increase comprehension.

  • 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.