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How To Develop Thinking In The Classroom – 20 Tips

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If you want to increase your effectiveness at teaching, the first thing you should do is to encourage your students to think, and then develop their thinking skills. Here, I would like to share with you some actions to do in the classroom to encourage students’ thinking and develop their thinking skills.

1. Be A Facilitator

Act the role of a facilitator or a guide, not a lecturer or a preacher.

2. Show Enthusiasm

Show enthusiasm for challenges and complex tasks that require students to think.

3. Be Logic In Presentation

Present your lessons in a logical and organized sequence.

4. Use Kind Language

Use the kind of language that invites students to think (e.g. compare, classify, predict, suppose that, etc)

5. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Ask open-ended questions, wh-questions, why do you think so?, what if? and other kinds of questions of higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy that require students to think.

6. Encourage Creative Solutions

Create problematic situations and encourage students to find creative solutions for them.

7. Provoke Thinking By Questions

Encourage students to ask and answer each other’s questions that provoke thinking.

8. Encourage Application

Encourage students to apply their past knowledge and experience to new situations.

9. Move Around

Move around the class and encourage students’ mobility.

10. Encourage Interaction

Encourage students to interact and cooperate in doing certain projects.

11. Be Organised

Organize your class in various and different ways for different activities (e.g. pairs, groups, individuals, and whole class)

12. Value Creative Thinking

Value thinking and show the creative works of students around the class.

13. Support Variety

Use a variety of visual media to facilitate learning and encourage thinking (e.g. charts, wall sheets, videos, maps, pictures, flashcards, body language, etc)

14. Eliminate Fear of Making Mistakes

Encourage students to respond in any way without fear of making mistakes and give supportive comments on incorrect responses.

15. Vary Your Evaluation Tasks

Create various and different evaluation activities.

16. Encourage Justification

Always ask students to clarify and justify their answers.

17. Offer Alternatives

Always ask for alternatives or different points of view.

18. Ask For Expansion

Ask students to expand their answers adding more points.

19. Encourage Reflection

Encourage students to reflect on their thoughts or points of view.

20. Support Realistic Ideas

Ask students for clear and realistic ideas and asking about how to apply them to everyday life.

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