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Students and Polarities: A Tool for Critical Thinking
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:

  • Crucial
  • Essential
  • Fundamental
  • Paramount
  • Key
  • Pivotal

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 ...

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