Note, though we focused on text only, you can substitute any of the below with visuals–a diagram, drawing, or symbol to represent meaning.
According to the Back-to-School STEM Research Study conducted by the Post-it® Brand, 86% of parents think the best way for their students to learn STEM-subjects is through visual learning, like reading or seeing pictures, and 54% of parents thinktheir students learn most easily by touching or participating in a hands on activity.
Critical analytical thinking is a key part of university study.
Many first year students receive comments such as 'not analytical enough' on their early assignments.
Assess how well ideas, statements, claims, arguments and findings are backed up so that you can make a reasoned judgement about how convincing they are.
At first, students often feel anxious about criticising ideas that they come across in their reading or in lectures.Using different colored Post-it® Super Sticky Notes that can also get students up and out of their desks is a simple, effective way to address both possibilities.The first step is to choose a concept from your curriculum map or content area–ideally this would be a critical idea or term for the students to understand.This concept should be written on a 4in x 6in Post-it® Super Sticky Note. They are trying to think like a detective to infer what concept is being implied or described.If they think they have it, they are not to shout it out, but contribute to the process by offering other After choosing the concept, students need to identify those attributes that most accurately and compellingly characterize that idea.In an academic argument ideas are organised into a line of reasoning.The writer aims to persuade the reader that their point of view is valid.(Depending on your classroom arrangement, you may need to use the larger Post-it® Super Sticky Notes.) Next, you reveal or identify 2-3 more characteristics or examples written on Post-it® Super Sticky Notes of the concept one at a time, and then ask students to place them in the correct categories–either on their own.This has the benefit of helping to differentiate the learning across the students that “get it” and the students that are still trying to figure it out, as some students can deepen their learning, while the others use their peer’s ideas to build upon.This method also works well when developing a solution to a problem, the steps to attain a goal, or breaking something big into something smaller and more manageable.The “steps” can be written in any order (and sub Questions will also appear) and the post its rearranged as the most logical path becomes clear.