Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking

  • A deep understanding of and capacity to apply the elements and processes associated with critical thinking and problem solving. 
  • The ability to acquire, process, interpret, rationalize and critically analyze large volumes of often conflicting information to the point of making an informed decision and taking action in a timely fashion. 

 

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21st Century Fluencies: Fluency Snapshot
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This tool helps you evaluate the level of proficiency
that you or your students have with the 21st Century
Fluencies. The Fluency Snapshot Tool can be used
either with individual students or with groups.
There are 10 statements for each Fluency. As you
move through the statements, chose a value you feel
represents how well the individual or group has
demonstrated the characteristic. This is an editable
form that you can check the boxes in online or off.
Have your students assess themselves and discuss
the outcome. Compare your results in each Fluency
to determine where focus and improvement may be
needed. Revisit this again in the future and co

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Material Type:
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Provider:
Global Digital Citizen Foundation
Date Added:
08/15/2018
21st Century Skills (FASA) 7 C  Rubric Exemplars Grades 6 to 9
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Sun West 21st Century 7 C Rubric Exemplars for Grades 6 to 9 for:
character, collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, computer and digital technologies, and cultural and ethical citizenship.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Courtney McDonald
Kelli Boklaschuk
Vanessa Lewis
Melissa Lander
Rebekka Burton
Stephen Hadden
Jennifer Loken
Date Added:
02/25/2020
21st Century Skills (FASA) 7 C Rubric Exemplars for Grades 10 to 12
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Sun West 21st Century Skills 7 C Rubric Exemplars for Grades 10 to 12 for character, collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, computer and digital technologies, and cultural and ethical citizenship.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Courtney McDonald
Kelli Boklaschuk
Vanessa Lewis
Melissa Lander
Rebekka Burton
Stephen Hadden
Jennifer Loken
Date Added:
02/25/2020
21st Century Skills (FASA) 7 C Rubric Exemplars for Kindergarten to Grade 5
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Sun West 21st Century Skills 7 C Rubric Exemplars for Kindergarten to Grade 5 for character, collaboration, creativity, communication, critical thinking , computer and digital technologies, and cultural and ethical citizenship.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Courtney McDonald
Kelli Boklaschuk
Vanessa Lewis
Melissa Lander
Rebekka Burton
Stephen Hadden
Jennifer Loken
Date Added:
03/02/2020
25+ Free Digital Escape Rooms {Free!}
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Try out one of these FREE Digital Escape Rooms to bring some well-deserved amusement to your home or classroom!

Escape Rooms are traditionally a physical “locked” room in which there are clues on how to escape. You need to solve each clue or problem that is presented in order to move onto the next clue, which, when you’ve solved enough, will eventually allow you to leave the room. Now, imagine this scenario, but in a virtual setting.

A digital escape room, like the ones described below, will give you a short story in reference to the theme. As you click through the prompts they give you, there will come a time where you need to solve a problem or a clue in order to click to the next prompt. Just as in real life, you won’t be able to “escape” until all the clues have been solved.

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Education
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Author:
Mama Teaches
Date Added:
04/22/2020
3/4: Genuis Hour
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The students were given one period each week for 5 weeks to explore their interests and plan, implement and produce a Genius Hour Presentation in a format of their choosing. They began with a few worksheets to identify their interest areas and various ideas in which they may present their information and also various formats both electronically and paper-based which they could use to showcase their learning. The students used books, ipads and computers to access information. Various showcases included working replicas of battery-operated cars and helicopters, working volcanoes, a hockey rink, baking, painting and posters. Students were so engaged that most students completed the majority of their projects outside of school on their own time.

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English Language Arts
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Activity/Lab
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Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
09/13/2018
3 R's: Revolution, Reaction and Reform
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Ms. DiMaggio's 4th graders explore the essential but complex concepts of revolution, reaction, and reform. They begin with what she calls a "Quick Write" in which students independently write about anything they know about the three given words. Students then discuss what they've written in small groups. Next, students rotate around the room in teams to analyze photos of historical events responding in writing with ŇI see. . . I think. . . I wonder. . .. Ms. DiMaggio was careful in selecting a wide variety of photos to post given the complexity of these concepts and to address possible misconceptions or limits to understanding. For example, some students initially focused on the word ŇrevolutionÓ being related to war or the 1800's. When they analyzed a photo of technology, they quickly realized a broader definition of "revolution".

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English Language Arts
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Teaching Channel
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Teaching Channel
Date Added:
05/24/2018
Animal Unit: Critical Thinking
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Unit: Animal
Lesson: Cells as basic building block of life
Lesson: Vertebrates
Lesson: Biomes/ecosystems
Lesson: How do decomposers work? Experiment
Lesson: Animal Adaptation
Lesson: Biodiversity-blanaced ecosystems
Lesson: Conservation and protecting plants, animals and the environment
Lesson: Animal Research

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Assessment
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
08/15/2018
The Art of Persuasion: Rhetoric (logos, ethos, pathos)
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Lesson Ideas: A good preface, what is rhetoric? Three kinds of proof, 5 canons of Rhetoric, Euphemisms, Dysphemisms, Slanters, Fallacies, Deductive versus Inductive Reasoning, Logic, Arugment Map, Communication Model, Fact Check

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
Kidcourses: Creatively Smart
Date Added:
05/29/2018
The Art of Questioning: Content, Meaning and Style
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Ms. Schaefer leads her 12th grade ELA students through a critical analysis of Atul Gawandes 'The Case of the Red Leg' through careful sequencing of questions.Initial questions ask students to react to the content of the text, forming and justifying their own opinions or perspective. This allows a maximum number of students to access the content and increases participation in the discussion. Questions then address the broader meaning of the text, using students understanding of the content to develop meaning and consider alternative points of view. Finally, questions focus on the style of writing and how stylistic elements contribute to the meaning found in the text.Structuring questions systematically gives students a tool for analyzing literature apart from the classroom so that their analysis is not dependent on teacher facilitation. Explicitly teaching students how to question is just as important as the analysis.

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Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Teaching Channel
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Teaching Channel
Date Added:
05/24/2018
Biology 30- Genetic Disorder Assessment- Alix Tuffs
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I created this assessment to end our genetics unit. This assessment allowed students to apply the knowledge they had gained throughout the unit. It connects to the 21st Century C's by encouraging critical thinking (for example one student further investigated her own colourblindess), it encouraged development of literacy skills as the students researched complex disorders on their own and provided a framework for communication and technology skills through the presentation. I presented this assessment using a Still Alice hook - "If your mother was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's would you take the test". I think this encouraged students to select a disorder/genetic issue based on their own interests and perhaps a genetic disorder in their family. Allowing the students to also use pharmaceutical and agriculture genetic cases created a broader focus enhancing the diversity of presentations.

Established Goals:

Students will…..

Foundational Learning Objective 3.2 (discussing examples of current uses of DNA in agriculture and pharmaceutical industries)

Foundational Learning Objective 2.9 (Discuss several human genetic disorders)

Foundational Learning Objective 3.3 (discuss the techniques of genetic screening).

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
07/25/2018
CNN 10 - news explained in 10 minutes
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"With its reliable news in 10-minute video segments, CNN 10 allows teachers to keep students abreast of current events without overwhelming them with extra information or commentary. CNN 10 can be used as a starting point for a variety of activities. For instance, post a discussion question of the day related to a news topic and ask students to talk in small groups about how the story affects them. Ask students to choose a story of interest and probe into it for more depth. Flip the classroom by having students watch selected videos at home, and facilitate related projects in class. Promote collaboration and creativity by having students create their own news broadcasts related to curricular goals. Finally, promote media literacy by having students compare CNN's coverage with other media coverage of the same stories.

CNN 10 offers limited supports for classroom use: broadcast transcripts and downloadable weekly quiz questions, all targeted to the topics. But students can go to the top of the screen to get to more adult articles and topics, so beware. Still, that shouldn't deter kids who want to use the site independently or parents who want to help their kids learn what's going on in the world; the materials are user-friendly enough for everyone." (Common Sense Media)

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Education
English Language Arts
Science
Social Studies
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Primary Source
Author:
CNN
Date Added:
01/22/2020
Closed or Open:  That is the Question
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Instructional expert Jim Knight visits Chris Korinek to observe his social science classroom. Chris and Jim discuss scaffolding techniques, and when to use closed versus open questions.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Teaching Channel
Provider Set:
Teaching Channel
Author:
Chris Korinek, Jim Knight
Date Added:
05/24/2018
Contemporary First Nations Challenges- Social Studies 9
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This assignment is based on an integration of current events with an examination of indigenous cultures in North America. There are two final products involved – a presentation and a fullclass discussion.

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Social Studies
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Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
09/09/2018
Crash Course Kids - YouTube
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Crash Course Kids combines the same engaging lecture-style content delivery with animated graphics that focus on grade school science.

Topics include Earth Science, Physical Science, Biology, Geography, Engineering, and Astronomy.

These videos are amazing!

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Crash Course Kids
Author:
Crashcourse
CrashCourse
Date Added:
12/12/2019
Critical Thinking Guidebook - 10-12 (High School) Sun West
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Sun West Critical Thinking 10-12 High School Guidebook - please use the table of contents to navigate the guidebook. Also, we invite you to share resources you think would be suitable for this guidebook with any of the authors of this guidebook.

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Arts Education
Career & Work Exploration
Education
English Language Arts
Health Education
Math
Physical Education
Practical & Applied Arts
Science
Social Studies
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Module
Primary Source
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Textbook
Unit of Study
Author:
Courtney McDonald
Kelli Boklaschuk
Vanessa Lewis
Melissa Lander
Rebekka Burton
Stephen Hadden
Jennifer Loken
Elaina Guilmette
Brianne Denning
Crystal Johnson
Paul Stinson
Aaron Moore
Karen McConnell
Date Added:
05/20/2020