Finally, Sanchez revealed the full photo and answer: a seal.
Amid cheers, she told the students that the point of the exercise “is to get your brains thinking about a claim, two pieces of support and being flexible, thinking whatever else it This seemingly oversimplified approach to teaching critical thinking is especially important at the pre K-K level.
” A little later, it was “share” time, when the kindergartners read their claims and discussed why they’d made them.
Among the claims were “seal,” “otter” and “turtle.” Per the “Q” part of the routine, they also came up with viable alternatives, which were discussed with their classmates.
“Don’t waste time on recalculating the recipe,” Mancino told the class.
“Use your KWI.”Working at individual PCs, they were given six minutes to fill in the K, W and I columns in a Word doc. One girl, noting they’d not yet learned how to multiply or divide fractions, said, “We can convert fractions to decimals.” Another student shouted, “Multiplication is repeated addition.”Remembering those mathematical rules while working through the problem, Mancino hinted to her students, “is something that might be important.” She added that they’d have access to all the tools usually used in math lessons, including clipboards, white boards and fraction blocks.
But actually, she was teaching critical thinking.“To practice what to do when we don’t know how to solve something,” one student said.
Another added, “To solve real-world problems.” Yet another quipped, “To reach our common goal—make it to middle school.”At Two Rivers, a pre K-to-8 Expeditionary Learning, or EL, school founded in 2004, that business includes embedding critical thinking in the school’s culture—or as Jeff Heyck-Williams, director of curriculum and instruction, says, “making it a habit of mind.”“We don’t teach standalone lessons on critical thinking,” he adds.
It should be mentioned that, on standardized tests for math and literacy, Two Rivers exceeds the scores of its DC-schools counterparts every year by.
But Heyck-Williams insists, “We’re not a test-prep school.