Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking: Often-referenced concept, appearing in everything from employment ads to kindergarten report cards! Common, but variable by its context, and somewhat confusing.

Thinking SkillsTo describe how BrainLinking clients approach foundational Critical Thinking skills, we like this simplification:

Critical thinking is “the art of thinking about your thinking while you are thinking 

in order to make your thinking better.” (Paul, 2007)

Thinking! BrainLinking Fosters Students’ Critical Thinking Abilities

  • Think about what they read as they read
  • Evaluate their own process of organizing a project or report
  • Problem solve through logical sequencing

Teaching children to think takes time – time to ask questions, time to wait for young minds to respond, and time to listen while they ‘think’. In today’s fast-paced, highly scheduled world, there is  barely time to provide a quick answer and rarely time to spend cultivating a youngster’s thinking processes. Throughout the BrainLinking program, students are prompted to think about what they are thinking/doing and why they are doing it. They learn to Think . . . to Think Critically!

Beyond Literal and Rote  

Rote memory is valued for facts (basic arithmetic tables, spelling, dates and places, etc.) and is useful in many aspects of life. BrainLinking teaches beyond literal answers and rote responses through encouraging and cultivating thoughtful consideration. Critical thinking requires more thought, more “thinking about thinking.” Our students expand problem solving skills, practice evaluating options and learn to choose thoughtful, appropriate responses for a given situation.

A BrainLinking Program Develops Critical Thinking Skills in Many Ways

  • Kinesthetic Activities are at the core of our program. Balance Board activities work on balance, timing, focusing and sequencing to build strong neural connections (links) in the brain.
  • Our Reading Program requires evaluation, understanding, and use of inferential and implied information to arrive at reasoned and sound responses to text-based questions. A BrainLinking reading coach mentors the parent in using the questioning model for at-home coaching for critical thinking processes. Even young students can learn how to think critically. They love it when they ‘get it’!    Read More
  • Engaging Games and Puzzles used as purposeful tools for learning make critical thinking a fun learning process. Many families find them so fun and useful after seeing the difference they make at BrainLinking that they want them for their entire families!

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