Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

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Michaella Chemello

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Engineer in Training (Civil)
I am a Civil/Structural Engineer-In-Training at Fluor Canada.
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Michaella Chemello

Question mark on its side

Leading Questions

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

Cost-Benefit Analysis

Cost-Benefit Analysis

This strategy helps students organize information for the purpose of making a decision.
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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

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

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)

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

Sorting Mats

Sorting Mats

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

Pros and Cons list

Pros & Cons Organizer

This strategy helps students develop decision-making skills as they determine the pros and cons of an issue.
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Pros & Cons Organizer

People connected together

Issues & Stakeholders

This strategy helps students develop critical thinking skills by identifying issues and stakeholders
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Issues & Stakeholders