Thinking Skills

By Ann Lautrette | Collected Resources to help improve thinking skills.

When You Can't Afford to Make a Mistake, This’ll Keep You Sharp

<b>Peter Baumann</b> suggests that our <b>biases can get a bad rap</b>, but that <b>they’re essential</b>. He sees them as unconscious inclinations that we’ve developed …

Of Personal and Shared Knowledge

One of the central distinctions about the nature of Knowledge in TOK is that between Personal and Shared Knowledge. Personal Knowledge is meant to …

What If We Taught Argument in Every Class?

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15 Abstract Thinking Words With Concrete Etymological Roots

How would you explain what it means to think? This act, though central to our very humanity, is an incredibly abstract process. Behind many of our …

Total recall: the people who never forget

An extremely rare condition may transform our understanding of memory<p>If you ask Jill Price to remember any day of her life, she can come up with an answer in a heartbeat. What was she doing on 29 August 1980? “It was a Friday, I went to Palm Springs with my friends, twins, Nina and Michelle, and …

The Brain

Philosophy can teach children what Google can’t – and Ireland knows it

With jobs being automated and knowledge being devalued, humans need to rediscover flexible thinking. That starts in schools<p>At the controls of driverless cars, on the end of the telephone when you call your bank or favourite retailer: we all know the robots are coming, and in many cases are already …

Education

Smartphones are stealing our time. This new year, I want to claim it back

Apps offer an enticing temporary escape, but my resolution for 2017 is to swap Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram for facing real life head on<p>I sit with a friend having some seasonal drinks. The second she gets up to go to the toilet, I catch myself reaching for my smartphone. But instead of taking …

Carrie Fisher

Can you spot the 'real' fake news story? – quiz

We’ve mixed some of the most prominent fake news of the year with some other rubbish we just made up. Try and spot the difference …<p>This was the year of fake news duping people. Did it dupe you? Are you dupable, you dupe? Take the test with this selection of real fake headlines that confused people …

Fake News

How Google's search algorithm spreads false information with a rightwing bias

Search and autocomplete algorithms prioritize sites with rightwing bias, and far-right groups trick it to boost propaganda and misinformation in search rankings<p>Google’s search algorithm appears to be systematically promoting information that is either false or slanted with an extreme rightwing bias …

Censorship

Europeans greatly overestimate Muslim population, poll shows

International survey suggests gap between perception and reality is widest in France<p>Members of the public in European states including France, Belgium, Germany and the UK greatly overestimate their country’s Muslim population and the rate at which it is growing.<p>An Ipsos Mori survey that measured …

Geography

The perception gap: how well do you know your country? Take our quiz

Ipsos Mori surveyed people in 40 countries on issues ranging from attitudes to homosexuality to numbers of Muslims, and found the gulf between perception and reality is often huge. Our quiz lets you see if you can do any better

Psychology

Three minutes with Hans Rosling will change your mind about the world

He has influenced leaders from Melinda Gates to Fidel Castro. Now, he is on a mission to save people from their preconceived ideas.<p>Hans Rosling knew …

Use your wits! Can you solve these fiendishly difficult puzzles?

Isn’t it time we learned to reconnect with the idea of problem-solving for fun? After all, argues Alex Bellos, the best puzzles are pieces of poetry. In an exclusive extract from his new book, he selects some of his favourites See the answers here<p>For those of us whose school memories include …

Mathematics

A gold star to any parent who rebels against homework

British parents should copy from the Spaniards who are protesting about homework. Children would be better off spending time with their family<p>Spanish parents are revolting – against homework. The CEAPA (which represents 12,000 parent/teacher organisations) is organising protests against what it …

Teaching

Time or money? That’s a question of value

What a new study reveals about this so-called dilemma of happiness<p>Should you choose time over money, or money over time? This is one of those so-called dilemmas of happiness that isn’t really a dilemma at all, because the answer’s so painfully obvious. Circumstances might <i>oblige</i> you to choose money …

Happiness

Why we should have fewer children: to save the planet

The Earth’s ability to absorb greenhouse gases without violently disrupting the climate is finite, and each additional person contributes to the total amount<p>Earlier this summer, I found myself in the middle of a lively debate because of my work on climate change and the ethics of having …

Climate Change

27 podcasts to make you smarter

Want to feel like a genius? These mind-expanding podcasts will give you everything you need to do just that<p>As the cold rustle of conkers start to hit the pavements and a new generation of pencil cases bulge under the weight of novelty felt-tips, it must be the start of a new term. Sadly, we can’t …

Podcasting

Bruce Lee’s Daughter Shares Her Father’s Philosophy of Learning

“Learning is discovering, uncovering what is there in us.”<p><i>“No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life,”</i> Nietzsche wrote in his timeless treatise on education and the journey of becoming who you are. Albert Einstein, in a letter of advice to his young …

Mapped: The world's happiest (and least happy) countries

It's Blue Monday, the (allegedly) most miserable day of the year. But surely they're still smiling in Costa Rica, the most cheerful country on Earth according to the annual Happy Planet Index? Released last summer, it ranks 140 destinations according to "what matters most - sustainable wellbeing …

Happiness

Study: There Are Instructions for Teaching Critical Thinking

Whether or not you can teach something as subjective as critical thinking has been up for debate, but a fascinating new study shows that it’s …

How physical exercise makes your brain work better

Research shows different activities have quite specific mental effects – here’s how moving your body could sharpen your ideas<p>The brain is often described as being “like a muscle”. It’s a comparison that props up the brain training industry and keeps school children hunched over desks. We judge …

The Brain

Visible Thinking Routines

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A Great Visual To Help You Integrate Visible Thinking Routines in Your Class

May 3, 2014<br>Routines are a set of repeated patterns of action that can be integrated and used in a variety of contexts. In a classroom context, …