I’ve written previously that one of the important shifts I’ve made in my practice is understanding that I teach thinking and creativity through the academic disciplines. So while we have been learning content, the priority for learning this term has been laying a foundation for thinking. Below is an example of a thinking skills checklist that students can use for self-assessment. Students are expected to explain and provide examples.
1. I take time to activate my schema when exploring new ideas.
2. I can explain why idea diversity is important.
3. I can explain mental models and how they are formed.
4. I can explain the Ladder of Inference.
5. I can shift or maintain my position on the value line based on new information.
6. I can propose a theory and search for information to confirm or disconfirm my idea.
7. I can build on someone else’s idea.
8. I recognize that opinions are formed based on information we pay attention to.
9. I can explain Confirmation Bias.
10. I can be supportive of someone’s half-formed idea.
11. I recognize when I am using System 1 and System 2 thinking.