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Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Illustration of an empty box with a question mark

Let's Talk Misinformation: Resources

Discover a set of resources to get you thinking about misinformation and its spread in advance of the symposium Let's Talk Misinformation.

Jyoti Rani at work at Seaspan Shipyards

Jyoti Rani

Electrical Production Engineer

I troubleshoot problems with electrical equipment and cable routes on the ships we build.
A diverse group of students reading from notebooks and smiling

Gallery Walk

This learning strategy provides students with the opportunity to walk around a classroom, actively engaging with content and each other.

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Leading Questions

This strategy helps students solve a problem by asking each other leading questions.

Michaella Chemello cuisinant et servant des crêpes au Stampede de Calgary

Michaella Chemello

Engineer in Training (Civil)

I am a Civil/Structural Engineer-In-Training at Fluor Canada.
Students designing and building

The Design & Build Process

One way that humans apply skills and knowledge as we fulfil our desire to modify the world to suit our needs is through technological problem-solving.

Students analyzing and interpreting

Analyzing & Interpreting

Analyzing data is a process of looking for patterns in data that has been collected through inquiry and figuring out about what the patterns might mean. Interpreting the data is a process of trying to explain the patterns that were discovered.

Students reflecting on their work with teacher


Reflecting is a process whereby students use critical thinking skills to look back on a learning experience in terms of things that went well and areas where there may be room for growth/change.

Students design planning

Design Planning

A design plan lays out ways in which students will develop and test the agreed-upon solution to a Design & Build challenge.

Students identifying a problem

Problem Identification

The first step in the Design & Build process is the identification of the key problem to be solved or need to be addressed.

Person thinking


This strategy helps students develop decision-making skills as they think about and discuss issues with the aid of a graphic organizer.

Sorting Mats

Sorting Mats

This strategy helps students develop critical thinking skills as they sort, organize and classify things in different ways.

Sequence Organizer

Sequence Organizer

A Sequence Organizer learning strategy is a graphic organizer that is used as a way of classifying/organizing information to represent causality and consequences, and to identify patterns.

Question Matrix

Question Matrix

A Question Matrix is a tool to assist students in developing the skill of asking rich, higher-order questions about objects, events, ideas, and places in their environment.

Question filter

Question Filter

Question Filter is a strategy that is used to assist students in developing the skills of questioning, sorting & classifying and analyzing & interpreting in order to develop their understanding of the characteristics of objects, places and events.