Teacher's Handbook for Critical Thinking for Children
Authors: Suzanne Borman and Joel Levine
Edited and Developed by: Dr. Linda Elder
Publisher: Foundation for Critical Thinking
Dimensions: 8 1/2" x 12"
ISBN (13Digit): 978-0-944583-43-2
This handbook is designed for teachers who want to foster fairminded critical thinking in instruction. The ideas in this handbook should not be considered an “add on,” another set of procedures and activities to do in the classroom. In other words, the ideas, concepts, and strategies presented in this Handbook are not something you add to your curriculum. Rather, they provide you and your students with intellectual tools that applyto the learning of all academic subjects. They apply to all learning activities. Once you have grasped the theory of critical thinking, you will find that it is relevant to everything you doin the classroom—to all of your content and instructional activities, and to all classroom management issues and student interactions. The intellectual tools to which you will be introduced in this Handbook come from the work of Richard Paul and Linda Elder andare designed to foster fairminded critical thinking. This Handbook is designed to be usedin conjunction with The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking for Children (Elder, 2006).
When internalized, the intellectual tools which are the focus of this Handbook and the strategies for using them will affect how you approach your content and how you help students think within thecontent. When you teach using these intellectual tools, your students will learn how to identify the purposeof the content they are studying. They will learn to raise relevant questions, find and interpret significant information, understand key concepts, evaluate underlying assumptions, consider logical implications and practical consequences, and look at issues and situations from different points of view.
The lessons in this Handbook have been developed primarily through the work of Drs. Levin and Borman with elementary school students in classes where their focus was on helping teachers of these students foster criticalthinking.