When it comes to teaching creatively we use both the heart and the mind in equal measure. ..
If you're teaching your learners to develop their critical thinking skills (you are, aren't you?), they could likely use some visual aids to guide them. That said, we've looked around and found some pretty useful critical thinking flowcharts that we think you'll enjoy.
The following critical thinking flowcharts are easily digestible in terms of how they describe various thinking processes. All in all they are really useful resources for your kids to add to their practices.
5 Valuable Critical Thinking Flowcharts
In the future, our students will be solving problems we can't even imagine. A solid overall approach to problem-solving with critical thinking is a tool learners always need. Having a process like Solution Fluency teaches them everything they need to know about problem solving. Also check out our Critical Thinking Companion which will get your on track instantly.
However, the chart below also mimics the process pretty faithfully. This is a tool from UBC that can help learners critically think their way through practically any problem.
Creative and critical thinking flowcharts unite in this infographic from Educator’s Technology. It’s part of an in-depth comparison between two modes of thinking that are often considered the same.
Want to know if you plaigarized something? Extensive critical thinking flowcharts like this one from the Visual Communications Guy will tell you. Click on the image for the full-size graphic.
Take a crash course in critical thinking from Richard Paul, Director of Research and Professional Development at the Foundation for Critical Thinking.
A big part of critical thinking is the ability to hold rational and levelheaded discussions with another about all nature of things. This flowchart from Thought Catalog pulls no punches with how a rational conversation can be structured and recognized.
Editor's note: This post was originally published in 2018 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.
Originally published Mar 12, 2018, updated September 19, 2021