My simple belief, everyone can be better thinkers!
It is never too soon to instill in the young frameworks for challenging their own ideas and the ideas of others. When we think… really think… we grow and contribute more, diminishing the status quo. Give me someone who hungers for the “Why?” and we will open the door to many possibilities.

La Detra White - Project Consultant

As president and CEO of Noble Insight, Inc., La Detra has over twenty years experience in leading marketing, strategy and research initiatives around the world. As a certified speaker and trainer, she has trained many in the art of thinking smarter both domestic and internationally. Chosen by the Georgia Governor's Small Business Center as a RISING STAR, Noble Insight brings
THINK FACTORT to a national forum.

La Detra received a MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.B.A from Howard University. La Detra also enjoys her role as a public speaker, motivational speaker, and lecturer. She is experienced nationwide as a professional trainer and program strategist.

 

CRITICAL THINKING RESOURCES

By Beverly S. Krueger

You can purchase thinking skills curriculum like Building Thinking Skills from The Critical Thinking Co. that teach verbal, mathematical, and figural-spatial reasoning skills. This is teaching to discern, analyze, and evaluate on a more concrete level covering the basic skills of critical thinking such as comparing, organizing, identifying sequences, understanding analogies, and describing. You can also find resources to teach students formal logic such as the curriculum published by Memoria Press or Canon Press. Each of these offers a piece in developing your child's critical thinking skills.

Ultimately, we want our children to develop habits of thinking about what they read or hear that will help them to make good decisions and give them the ability to separate the chaff from the wheat. That requires that critical thinking be an integral part of their studies. A good place to get children thinking about what they read and hear is to have them work through a book like The Fallacy Detective, which teaches children to recognize fallacies in arguments. It helps them to learn to reason through the methods that others might use to convince them of something that isn't true or isn't something that fits with their own worldview.
When you buy curriculum for science, history, or literature, look for resources that require students to think critically about what they are studying. This is especially important in high school level studies. The World History Student Activities book, an additional resource to the 10th grade world history from Bob Jones University Press, is a good example of an additional resource that offers students the opportunity to think critically about the text they are reading from a biblical perspective. The Critical Thinking Co. offers critical thinking books for science and history. The United States history course for secondary students requires students to analyze primary sources for their reliability and then use those resources to make their own historical determinations. Each book in the series offers beginning instruction and then covers topics for its particular period of American history. These are offered as books on CD with the student and teacher combined. The entire set is $85.99 at CriticalThinking.com. The book format of the curriculum is available used. It's a great supplement.

The Critical Thinking Co. is Developing Critical Thinking through Science books were a revelation to me on how to teach science to my children. Offered in primary and upper elementary editions, these books literally tell you what questions to ask in a guided discussion while doing experiments with your children. Before long, you're doing it all on your own. For literature, the Progeny Press literature study guides go beyond the basic facts of the novels they address into deeper thinking that requires students to discern what the thesis of the novel is and to decide if they agree or disagree based on biblical analysis. Students analyze what the characters do rather than just describe their actions, and then apply that to their own ideas about how they should act. Remember as you choose curriculum that you're looking for resources that require children to think rather than regurgitate.
For those who would like additional information on finding and using critical thinking materials or understanding the various aspects of critical thinking, we've put together a short resource list.

Thinking Skills Curriculum
Christian Logic
In addition to the Bluedorns' logic and critical thinking products, you will find videos, audio, articles and blogs to exercise your mind.

Hans and Nathaniel Bluedorn’s reviews of logic books and materials.
The Critical Thinking Community
Their stated aim: The Foundation for Critical Thinking works to promote educational reform and seeks to promote essential change in education and society through the cultivation of fair-minded critical thinking.

Critical Thinking Channel on YouTube
The last two videos on this page deal with critical thinking for children.

Strategy List: 35 Dimensions of Critical Thought
Contains information on the instructional strategies that are presented in the preceding videos on critical thinking for children. The videos are a simplified version of what is addressed in this list. There are links to remodeled lesson plans that show how these strategies can be used.

Critical Thinking on the Web
A directory of quality online resources for critical thinking. A wealth of resources for anyone exploring critical thinking in general or specific c aspects of critical thinking.
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