Critical thinking is the ability to think for one's self and reliably and responsibly make decisions that affect one's life. Critical thinkers investigate problems, ask questions, pose new answers that challenge the status quo, discover new information, question traditional beliefs, challenge received dogmas and doctrines.

"We should be teaching students how to think. Instead, we are teaching them what to think."
Clement and Lochhead, 1980.

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Think Factor has been an incredible after school program for the 3-5 grade students at Briarlake! It has taught them crucial critical thinking skills and how to challenge a child's natural way of thinking and believing. In addition, the format of this class goes hand-in-hand with the Georgia Performance Standards and performance based assessments. It allows the students to dig a little deeper and provides them with depth in their understanding of concepts and skills that are being taught. I would highly recommend this class to any parent who wants their child to have the exposure to this type of learning!

Dr. Ann M. Culbreath, principal
Briarlake Elementary


1. Three men in a cafe order a meal the total cost of which is $15. They each contribute $5. The waiter takes the money to the chef who recognizes the three as friends and asks the waiter to return $5 to the men.

The waiter is not only poor at mathematics but dishonest and instead of going to the trouble of splitting the $5 between the three he simply gives them $1 each and pockets the remaining $2 for himself.

Now, each of the men effectively paid $4, the total paid is therefore $12. Add the $2 in the waiters pocket and this comes to $14.....where has the other $1 gone from the original $15?

2. There is something about Mary

Mary's mom has four children.
The first child is called April.
The second May.
The third June.
What is the name of the fourth child?

3. Two friends decide to get together; so they start riding bikes towards each other. They plan to meet halfway. Each is riding at 6 MPH. They live 36 miles apart. One of them has a pet carrier pigeon and it starts flying the instant the friends start traveling. The pigeon flies back and forth at 18 MPH between the 2 friends until the friends meet.

How many miles does the pigeon travel?

4. You have a three gallon and a five gallon measuring device. You wish to measure out four gallons.

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