Critical Thinking

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Cost-Benefit Analysis

Cost-Benefit Analysis

This is an individual, pair or small group learning strategy which is used to help students organize information for the purpose of making a decision. People often use this method informally to make decisions about their own lives.
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Cost-Benefit Analysis

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.
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The Design & Build Process

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.
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Analyzing & Interpreting

Students reflecting on their work with teacher

Reflecting

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.
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Reflecting

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.
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Design Planning

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.
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Problem Identification

BYO Timeline

BYO (Building Your Own) Timeline

This is an individual or whole class strategy which combines reading/viewing comprehension skills with critical thinking skills. Individually or in groups, students choose one or several points from the timeline and create a sub-timeline related to the selected point(s).
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BYO (Building Your Own) Timeline

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.
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Sequence Organizer

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.
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Question Filter

Student viewing a video

Video Review

This is an individual strategy in which students write a review of a media source, such as an educational video that includes sound, text and graphics, requiring them to use multiple senses. Reviewing requires the writer to uncover and consider the key points or messages and write concisely with an authoritative style, while having a particular audience in mind.
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Video Review

Question creation chart

Question Creation Chart (QC2)

The Question Creation Chart (also known as a Q-Chart or Q-Matrix) provides students with a framework for developing a range of personally meaningful questions, encompassing both close-ended factual questions and open-ended, divergent questions. (Adapted from Weiderhold, 1997).
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Question Creation Chart (QC2)

Girl conducting oral history interview

Exploring Oral Histories

This strategy provides students with the opportunity to explore a topic from the perspective of family or community members who lived during the time period when particular events occurred through creation of a video or podcast. This strategy is appropriate for use with individuals or groups.
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Exploring Oral Histories

Key Concept Explorations

Key Concept Explorations

Key Concept Explorations are used to help students learn and then to reinforce their understanding of key concepts. Students demonstrate their understanding of a concept in a variety of ways ( e.g., orally and/or in writing, in pictures, through graphic organizers, by using their understanding in inquiries and design & builds) but a demonstration of true understanding comes when a student can apply the conceptual learning in new and varied contexts to support further learning.
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Key Concept Explorations

Making Comparisons

Making Comparisons

Making Comparisons is a way of thinking about two or more objects, ideas and/or events to find out how they are the same and how they are different. Knowing this information allows students to sort, classify and organize objects, ideas and/or events, to connect prior knowledge about them to new knowledge, and to develop appropriate comparative vocabulary.
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Making Comparisons

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.
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Question Matrix