I THOUGHT that I had spent quality time teaching my students how to be critical thinkers, but I was incorrect. I want to share with you what I did with my students and what they showed me. I will tell you 'up-front', I am quite pleased with the results of this lesson.
|Critical Thinking Strategies Anchor Chart|
1. Ask Questions – How did the Hippo’s get into the house?
2. Evidence – Does the video tell us where we can find more information? What evidence do they provide viewers with?
3. Research - Where will you look for evidence outside of the video? What technology will you use?
4. Emotion – Don’t let emotions in, good or bad (“I would love a house hippo!”). Be objective and stay focused on your task.
Evaluate – make a decision about what you think based on the first 3 critical thinking strategies
This is what we actually created:
|not the best picture....sorry|
|Sample 1 Part 1|
The most rewarding part of this experience has been the discussions that have come from the lesson. A handful of my students told me that they were going to pay closer attention when watching commercials on television. Some come in to class in the morning and want to talk about what they saw on television and whether they believe it is true or not based on the critical thinking strategies we used to make sense of the House Hippo commercial. Mission accomplished (I think)!