Young Minds, Bright Minds: Developing Critical Thinkers in Class


teacherAristotle is one of the greatest geniuses the world has ever known. He contributed many outstanding theories in different schools of thought—from logic to physics, rhetoric to poetry, and philosophy to medicine. His classic theories are written in almost every Australian textbook. Before Aristotle grew in significance as one of the brightest minds to have walked the earth, you know what he was doing?

He was sitting in one of Plato’s classes in the Academy.

Aristotle’s genius mind was not built overnight. It was sharpened and developed under the care of his mentor, Plato.

As a teacher, you have the same power to influence young minds and turn them into the brightest of their generation. Seems too big of a privilege and responsibility? Do not be overwhelmed. The first step towards developing brighter students is by promoting critical thinking in class.

With that, here are some tactics you may use to bring out Aristotle-like thinkers among your students.

1. Inquiry and Questioning

Encourage your students to think outside the box and ask about topics that spark their curiosity. Immerse them in different subject matters; allow them to discover things. There are Australia teacher resources that can help you choose topics appropriate for students. By encouraging kids to explore and ask questions, you are pushing them to be curious and pose questions that will improve their knowledge.

Allot class time to ask common questions about the things you have already tackled. Make sure questions are open-ended and welcome different opinions that allow the exploration of other subject matters.

2. Problem solving

Do not spoon-feed students; instead let them solve problems on their own. Problem solving will encourage them to discover more things and pose more questions.

You can use workbooks or play a brainteaser game, perhaps after every lesson. Choose lively activities. Do not make critical thinking activities boring.

3. Collaboration

When students feel that they are doing something as a group, they will participate more actively. This is because they are motivated as they see others contributing something. Collaborative work also encourages them to practice social and interpersonal skills.

Promote critical thinking in your classroom with these tactics, and prepare to see the Aristotle-like thinkers of tomorrow.