Critical Thinking Approaches

Inquiry

We incorporate cross-curricular inquiry to foster deep learning. Students work through the phases of immersion, investigation, coalescence and demonstration of learning. Throughout these phases the students are able to wonder, build background knowledge, develop questions, search for new information, synthesize information, demonstrate an understanding and share their new learning with others.

Questioning

We push students to dig deeper in their learning by asking guiding questions and providing a variety of resources for students to independently find answers. Throughout their learning, we encourage students to ask and answer their own questions through small group discussions, conferring, working on their Personalized Learning Plans and using graphic organizers.

Problem Solving

Problem Solving extends our inquiry work. In our classrooms, we don't just give students answers to issues or problems they are having. Instead, we turn the problem onto them and ask how they could solve this problem. This allows the child opportunities to solve their problems independently.

Collaboration

Our environments promote collaborative, individual, small and large group learning. Students learn in collaborative flexible groups based on need. When students collaborate, they learn how to communicate with others effectively, work as a team, practice self-discipline, and improve social and interpersonal skills. Through collaboration, students are able to have a better understanding of what they are learning and improve critical thinking skills.

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