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Chapter 11: Students and Polarities: A Tool for Critical Thinking
Critical thinking skills are part of a set of buzzwords, with twenty-first-century skills, rigor, and creativity, that are bantered about so much that they're more cliché than meaningful concepts. Look at these synonyms for critical, however:
Polarity tools can scaffold students as they learn to engage in essential, crucial skills such as the following:
- Analyzing. Forming a polarity map reveals how well an argument was constructed.
- Evaluating. Assessing the current position in an infinity loop of a polarity and learning from past decisions and results can broaden thinking beyond simple problem/solution approaches. Unintended consequences, among other things, often surface.
- Creating. The mapping process is an excellent way for students to craft their own ...