Creativity and Critical Thinking

Strategy Guide for the Classroom Teacher!

Critical Thinking Strategies

1. Creating an Instruction Manual on how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in Spanish.

2. Comparing and Contrasting Information related to multiple wars the the United States has been involved in.

3. Analyze a Problem from multiple perspectives such as an oil spill in Science class. What are implications for the companies? the community? nature?

4. Prioritizing Information on a presidential race in Government. What is most important?

5. Taking a position on an issue or viewpoint like Supplements for high school athletes in Health Class?


These activities are all designed to engage the higher order thinking skills by Bloom. Simple rote memorization is pretty easy and has been implemented in most classrooms but these activities require the students do go deeper with processing information.

Creativity

1. Diagram a Mind Map of the key points in the unit on slavery in US History.

2. Create a poem on the struggles of minority writers in the 21st century in American Lit class.

3. Visualization in Biology class of a world where animals could talk and what they would say about our environment.

4. Role Play a Scene in a bank where a college student has just opened his first checking account.

5. Physical Construction of an object in Art class that can be made from multiple materials.


These activities are all designed to engage the higher order thinking skills by Bloom. Simple rote memorization is pretty easy and has been implemented in most classrooms but these activities require the students do go deeper with processing information.