For example, a student might claim to be thick-skinned, or that he cracks under pressure, just like a peanut.
By answering this question, your students identify some of their own personal characteristics and investigate the nature of those characteristics.
A major aspect of critical thinking is considering opposing viewpoints, and this activity will require your students to do so. Assign each student to write a two-minute speech that argues for the opponent's side of the debate.
Write a list of controversial topics on the board familiar to your class, such as school uniforms, standardized testing and zero-tolerance policies in schools. They can't fake it or use a false argument to support their own ideas; they must argue for the opposing side.
The group portion of this activity can encourage students to observe and adopt critical thinking skills displayed by their peers. " Give your students five minutes to write a list of at least five ways they are similar to a peanut.
Tell them not to worry about being literal; their answers can be creative and figurative.Activities like these are sure to excite the little ones and teach them important reasoning and thinking skills at the same time!Critical thinking skills are essential to helping middle school students develop into intelligent, open-minded adults.By answering this question, your students are forced to make definitive choices and examine the qualities that support their decisions.You can repeat the exercise with other questions, such as "Are you a bat or a ball? " This activity puts a student's analytical skills to the test. Then ask your students to write a list of all the words they can think of that use only letters in that word.Activities for developing these skills can be performed in any classroom or at home, and they often encourage students to question aspects of their own personalities and the opposing perspectives of others.Have your students stand and gather in the middle of the room.Have each pair read their speeches, and then ask them if they have a better understanding of why their debates are so difficult to resolve.Christopher Cascio is a memoirist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and literature from Southampton Arts at Stony Brook Southampton, and a Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in the rhetoric of fiction from Pennsylvania State University.Critical thinking is more than just a simple thought process.It involves thinking on a much deeper underlying level rather than just at the surface.