Critical Thinking: Why is it so hard to teach?

By Daniel Willingham, Reading Rockets Last updated 2024/05/27
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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.

Curriculum Connection

A1. Transferable Skills
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. 
Grade(s): 6 7 8 9
Topic(s): Comprehension

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