Teaching for Critical Thinking

I recently facilitated several teacher workshops and PLC discussions around building students’ critical thinking skills. Keeping with my backwards planning approach I began my sessions exploring what student skills we want that indicate critical thinking capabilities. Here are a few indicators I found on the Buck Institute for Education’s rubric for critical thinking standards: *asks […]

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Reflecting to Learn from Mistakes

One of the elements of a growth mindset is the understanding that mistakes or failures (coming up short) are part of the pathway to learning and success. Eduardo Briceno, CEO at Mindset Works, posted a blog titled, Mistakes are Not All Created Equal: “An appreciation of mistakes helps us overcome our fear of making them, enabling […]

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Steve Barkley

For the past 30 years, Steve has served as a consultant to school districts, teacher organizations, state departments of education, and colleges and universities nationally and internationally, facilitating the changes necessary for them to reach students and successfully prepare them for the 21st century. Read more…