Critical Thinking

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At The Kineo School, students learn not what to think, but how to think. When students build critical thinking skills, they become selective consumers of information. Our technological society makes vast amounts of information available, but this data is only useful if children learn skills to analyze and evaluate the information. Deborah Meier, a leader of progressive education, developed five ‘habits of mind’ to help students become better questioners and thinkers.

Five Habits of Mind  

  1. Significance:  Why is it important?
  2. Perspective:  What is the point of view?
  3. Evidence:  How do you know?
  4. Connections:  How does it apply?
  5. Supposition:  What if it were different?

We teach and integrate these habits through the day at The Kineo School. Whether looking at perspective in art or literature,  finding evidence in a logic puzzle, or seeking a new solution to a playground problem, we incorporate critical thinking teaching and learning strategies at every opportunity.