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“Cookie-Cutter A” Becomes Self-Directed Student
“Cookie-cutter a” becomes self-directed student

Rachel was an eighth-grade student in Pat Burrows's writing and literature class in Catalina Foothills School District (CFSD). She grew from what Pat called a “cookie-cutter A student” to one who exemplified a “hallmark of critical thinking,” that is, the ability to “ask further questions.”

Pat observed her students all year, and Rachel stood out because by year's end her “responses were of a superior quality and generally included questions she created while thinking about the scenario or issue” at hand.

How do you suppose Pat accomplished this feat? We all know the students who just want to play the game they've learned so well: figure out what's going to be on the test, study for that, and ...

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