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How would your learners like a foolproof critical thinking process to help them with learning? If you've been searching for one, you're in luck because we've found just the folks who can help.
Springboard Stories focuses on creative storytelling, contextual learning, and critical thinking skills. In this infographic they created, the critical thinking process is made simple.
Many definitions of critical thinking have been floating around over the years. No matter how you look at it, though, one thing is clear—it's a skill for living, not just learning. Critical thinking is something that's necessary for success in life beyond school. Aside from being an integral part of problem-solving and collaboration, it also helps us manage information. However, often the most asked question about critical thinking concerns how to actually do it.
A Critical Thinking Process Anyone Can Follow
Anyone can think critically if they know the right components, which you'll discover in this nifty little infographic. It features a straightforward and highly versatile critical thinking process that's logical and easy to follow. Here's what Springboard Stories said about the importance of critical thinking for young kids:
"Exploring stories laterally will encourage deeper critical thinking and help children to develop empathy and understanding, and allow children to bring their own experiences to existing stories by retelling their own versions develops language skills and gives them confidence in their own abilities. A skill that will stay with them for life."
As you explore this critical thinking process with your learners, it helps to use challenging questions to inspire deep thinking. There are two resources we have to help you with that. First, try out the question prompts on the Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet. Next, explore this list of essential questions organized by subject for inspiration.
Enjoy the infographic!
Editor's note: This post was originally published in 2018 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.
Originally published Apr 9, 2018, updated September 19, 2021