Thinking Skill Strategies
The rapidly changing world that our students face today demands creative and flexible thinkers who can evaluate information, generate new solutions, and make thoughtful and ethical decisions. Thinking skill strategies develop critical thinking, questioning skills, analytical skills, and reflective practices in students’ approach to learning. These strategies are also designed to foster creative and independent thinking and learning. A vital component of the thinking process involves self-reflection where students are taught to think about their own thinking processes, monitor and evaluate their own thinking and learning, and modify their learning accordingly. Students are thereby able to understand their own learning styles, develop the habits of mind that result in commitment to tasks and goal setting, and accept responsibility for their learning and their personal attitudes towards that learning
Thinking skill strategies involve:
- organizational frameworks such as concept maps and mind maps that extend the thinking processes;
- representational strategies such as graphs, maps, charts, and visual organizers that facilitate communication and transfer of learning to other situations;
- evaluative processes such as experimenting, fair test, and inquiry-based research that test assumptions and hypotheses for new learning.
Through consistent exposure to and practice in thinking skill strategies, students can develop their own understanding and ability to deal with new situations, make complex decisions, and meet their individual and community needs now and in the future.