I’d like to briefly explain the two main types of thinking skills, critical and creative, so that you will understand what I’m meaning when they are mentioned in posts here on Miss B.’s Classroom. As a retired gifted and talented teacher, I found that all children who develop both types of thinking skills became the more well-rounded learners.
Critical thinking skills train your children to focus in on what they know and understand, in order to evaluate and solve a specific problem that’s been given to them. Most of the subjects that are taught during a child’s education emphasize the skills found in the critical thinking areas. Critical thinking is a very essential part of the thinking process; but, it is only a fraction of the skills your children will need if they are to become effective, productive and life-long learners.
My ‘Top 10 List’ of critical thinking skills would be: hypothesize, interpret, evaluate, compare, classify, identify, judge, analyze, summarize, and problem-solve.
On the other hand, creative thinking skills will help your children learn how to develop many original ideas and make oodles of imaginative discoveries and inventions. These skills will enable your children to move in new directions in their thought processes, so that they’ll be able to come up with unique and inventive ways to solve their own problems.
My ‘Top 10 List’ of creative thinking skills would be: imagine, create, perform, elaborate, design, invent, construct, develop, transform, and perceive.
Most of the activities shared in Miss B.’s Classroom will concentrate on the creative thinking skills; because, I believe that every child wants to “think…imagine…create”.
P.S. I LOVE doing research about thinking skills! Do you have a different ‘Top 10 List’ than mine? If so, let me know what YOUR favorites are!