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Thanks largely to social media and current politics, rational discourse is under siege. Many people cannot determine how to distinguish truths from unsubstantiated claims and half-truths from outright lies. Calling untruths “alternative facts” further challenges those who struggle to make sense of the world. This month we visit websites dedicated to rational, critical thinking. [by Jim Lang, M.Ed. PhD, Associate Faculty Department of Social Justice Education, Philosophy of Education, OISE/University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario]
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Developing as rational persons: viewing our development in stages

Research & Findings   |   February 13, 2017

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The Critical Thinking Community’s website offers a detailed in-depth description of the processes—they identify five stages—through which people can develop critical, rational, thinking. In academic-style prose, they argue that people don’t typically choose to be... read more

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An under-appreciated way of teaching kids to think rationally

Research & Findings   |   February 13, 2017

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Washington Post writer Valerie Strauss makes the case for the “Philosophy for Children” (P4K) movement as an approach to teaching K-12 students how to think rationally. Based on a version of the Socratic Method, P4K... read more

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Review of the book Analytic Processes for School Leaders by Cynthia T. Richetti and Benjamin B. Tregoe

Research & Findings   |   February 13, 2017

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The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) reviews Cynthia Richetti’s and Benjamin Tregoe’s book, which offers helpful charts and illustrations demonstrating rational approaches to problem-solving and decision-making. Although the authors focus on school leaders—principals and... read more

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Teaching critical thinking: an evidence-based guide

Research & Findings   |   February 13, 2017

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For a quick read, the website Parenting Science provides a concise list of key skills related to rational and critical thinking, with tips on how parents and teachers can teach them to children. On their... read more

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Critical thinking: how to grow your child’s mind

Research & Findings   |   February 13, 2017

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In her article for the group Roots of Action Marilyn Price-Mitchell asks, “What kind of thinker is your child?  Does he believe everything on TV?  Does she always figure out how to get what she... read more

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Teaching strategies that enhance higher-order thinking

Research & Findings   |   February 13, 2017

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Writing for TeachHub, Janelle Cox lists 10 strategies for teachers who want to enhance higher-order thinking in their students. Among these, she suggests teaching students to learn to infer, saying, “You can start by giving... read more

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Most students don’t know when news is fake, Stanford study finds

Research & Findings   |   February 13, 2017

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Finally, a sobering article by Sue Shellenbarger for the Wall Street Journal, in which she summarizes a recent Stanford University Study. She claims “Preteens and teens may appear dazzlingly fluent, flitting among social-media sites, uploading... read more

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Librarians share their predictions for education trends in 2017

Research & Findings   |   January 13, 2017

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The educational book publisher Scholastic asks “eight outstanding librarians” for their predictions of key developments in education for the coming year. Their contributions include silent conversations in the classroom, paperless libraries, makerspace technology (use of... read more

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5 education trends of 2016 that will continue to impact in 2017

Research & Findings   |   January 13, 2017

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Stepping far outside the Canadian context, here’s a look at education trends in India as presented by India today in Education. Among their predictions, they see more integrated and theme-based learning that involves seamlessly combining... read more

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What’s Next for Education: Emerging tech trends for 2017

Research & Findings   |   January 13, 2017

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Veteran teacher Matthew Lynch offered his predictions for emerging tech trends in education for the website, TrustED12 (K-12). Makerspace is on his radar as well, saying that it will encourage practical, real-world learning. Teachers with... read more

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Education issues and trends

Research & Findings   |   January 13, 2017

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Education World’s January 2017 publication focuses on education trends and reform, from assessment and testing to equity in education, and from the school calendar to the future of school uniforms. Regarding the latter, they ask,... read more

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International Journal on New Trends in Education and their Implications

Research & Findings   |   January 13, 2017

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The January 2017 edition is packed with articles ranging from a Turkish writer’s take on the place of culture in foreign language education, to an Indonesian professor’s article on diagnosing junior high school students’ difficulties... read more

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Looking Ahead: Education Trends Projection for 2017

Research & Findings   |   January 13, 2017

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Penn Foster, an institution dedicated to career and workplace preparation, sees greater pairing of academic programs with workforce preparation, a shift toward a skills economy, and giving teachers more agency. “Empowering teachers will be critical... read more

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Top 5 Technology Trends to Watch in 2017

Research & Findings   |   January 13, 2017

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Technology, technology. It seems that the future of education is bound up with the increasing use of emerging technology, and the Fishtree organization is dedicated to helping educators to  “deliver a scalable, personalized learning experience... read more

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Some fun holiday puzzles, crafts, and worksheets you can use with your class

Research & Findings   |   December 7, 2016

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From the American website Super Teacher Worksheets another compendium of Christmas worksheets for grades two to six, including Christmas Bingo/Crossword/Crypto-Code Puzzle/Word Search Puzzle/Riddles, as well as a raft of Christmas addition (math) worksheets.... read more

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