Critical Thinking: Why is it so hard to teach?

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In this Reading Rockets article, Daniel Willingham explores the topic of critical thinking and how to foster metacognitive skills in the classroom. Willingham notes that background knowledge plays a role in critical thinking and understanding the surface structure of problems. He provides evidence-based strategies, such as promoting thinking within a particular domain to bring everyday thinking into the classroom.

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Critical thinking is essential in all areas of the curriculum and this website broadly supports the successful implementation of fostering metacognitive skills to enhance critical thinking. 

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  1. This is a good article and it really makes you think about the big push that is always come from the top-down to make critical thinkers in our education systems. After you read this, it makes a lot of sense why students have a difficult time doing math word problems, looking at multiple perspectives in middle school geography and being able to connect the dots in science. Great read for intermediate teachers.

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