Thoughts arising from a focus group session on critical thinking. Most of the discussion was around the strive for Excellence.
- Prediction, evaluate, perception, inferring – all these elements are across the board. Subjects aren’t silos.
- “If I give them Excellence, it’s not an Excellence, it is my Excellence. If I give them my perception, it’s not perception, it’s my perception” – MW. How can we teach the process of thinking in order to get there? It’s a long term solution.
- How do we answer the persistent student who is striving for Excellence? The above quote makes a really interesting context.
- Perhaps critical thinking as a differentiated concept where students at different levels can access thoughts that are critical for them on their level. Is critical thinking for a learning support student analysing a friendship?
- How to get the students to go beyond. “Beyond” being a key word that helps us to look at the big concept.
- Always asking WHY.
At the end I was asked to write a definition of critical thinking. I wrote:
“Critical thinking is a wider context of thinking that goes beyond one’s own perspective, the perspective of a text, or the perspective of others. It’s thinking in the 3rd person.”