Critical Thinking

Thinking Critically

20 hours ago
NPR

In The Moment ... April 6, 2020 Show 789 Hour 2

Critical Thinking by definition is the ability to analyze information objectively and make a reasoned judgment. Critical Thinking and problem solving go together. Breaking that down is complex but joining us to assist with that is Jill Tyler, she is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies at the University of South Dakota.

 

Jackie Hendry

Students at Harrisburg South Middle School are learning to solve the world's problems through empathy. Carla Diede teaches the new class. She's a recent recipient of the Milken Educator Award, also known as the "Oscars of teaching." 

A Makerspace In The Middle School

May 26, 2016
Kealey Bultena / SDPB

When you picture a normal middle school, you probably envision kids in rows of desks listening to a teacher drone on and on at the front of the room. But a makerspace is no typical classroom. The concept lets kids master concepts using whatever tools make the most sense for them. While some philosophies come and go, some educators say the makerspace trend is part of a culture – not a buzzword – and teachers say their students can prove it.

Teachers from around South Dakota are collaborating to find new ways to engage students in problem solving. A conference on Technology and Innovation in Education wrapped up this week. One of the dozens of sessions focused on helping students break into a box by thinking outside of it.