I read a lot of different articles. Most are research based, peer-reviewed articles. Some are research based…sort of, but not peer reviewed…some are just interesting.
I recently came across one regarding critical thinking…and it caused me to … you know…THINK
…critically. Actually, if I’m honest…
It was the “how to build a die” that caught my attention (yes, I’m one of those SLPs that still uses “games” in therapy. I firmly believe most kids learn better when they’re having fun and most of my kids have little enough “fun” in school…but that’s a completely different rant). Anyway, when I read the article, it made me ponder.
The first article I was reading is called “The question game: A playful way to teach critical thinking.” What’s not to love about that? I am a firm believer in that we need to actively teach kids (and some adults) how to think critically. It is paramount to their success in college and in the world. Without the ability to truly think critically, they are forever doomed to believe that reality TV is … well…real…and always vote for whatever political moron happens to catch their attention first without giving a conscious thought to what is actually being said and acted on (okay…that wasn’t nice, but come on…you know it’s true!).
For SLPs, I think this ties in nicely with the deeper knowledge aspect that Common Core brings to mind (yes, I know those are dreaded words). For instance, in the language arts for 5th grade CCSS, there are numerous mentions of inferring, summarizing, explaining relationships and interactions, and analyzing multiple accounts of the same event in order to compare/contrast different points of view. If that’s not critical thinking skills in a nutshell, I’m not sure what is.
If we give these skills early on – aren’t we building a better base of critical thinkers…people who actually think about and maybe understand the materials being taught rather than the meaningless binge and purge of memorization that typically happens in classrooms (no offense to any teachers reading – I’d love to be shown that the binge and purge isn’t happening).
As I was reading and pondering the article above, I saw some links to other articles, and of course I had to follow them. (It really should come as no surprise why I can’t get my work done….oh shiny!) This article, entitled: 25 Question Stems Framed Around Blooms Taxonomy …. Made me think (again!)
We, as SLPs, are all used to creating task analysis (even when we don’t know we’re doing it…quick, what order would you target pronouns or verbs?)…
Could this framework that’s in the article work as a task analysis for CCSS language intervention?
Do we already do this? Am I way off base and simply rambling with no coherent direction?
Do YOU address critical thinking in your therapy? If so, how do you do it? If you don’t, is there a reason why? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please…drop me a note here and let me know.
Until then…Adventure on!