Developing Creative/Critical Habits of Mind
"The development of creative and critical thinking is "at-risk" during school years. Unless students develop habits of using their
minds well in their learning, students are unlikely to develop these habits later in life. Despite this, classroom and test questions continue to challenge students almost exclusively on
the superficial level of recognizing and recalling isolated bits of information. Teachers wait and give students an average of less that a second of thinking time after asking a question
and after hearing a student answer. As testing moves toward open-ended questions and, in some states, toward authentic problem-tasks, and as our students head into a future of increased
change and unknown challenges, educational reform must shift the focus of learning to habits of mind associated with problem sensitivity and problem solving."
The sites on this page reflect useful work and models for doing this.