Analytical thinking is the systematic process of simplifying complex pieces of information into a format that can be understood by a person and critical thinking refers to the ability to evaluate various sources to identify the particular facts required to solve a specific problem. Children must learn these compulsory skills at the initial stages itself so that they can extrapolate the acquired knowledge to solve real life problems and thereby succeed in the many stages of life. As a school teacher, you are entrusted with the responsibility of laying this much needed foundation in order to supplement the efforts taken by parents to build these competencies. While there are a variety of methods and procedures that can be used to achieve this objective, some stand out and in this article, we will look into three such effective methods.
Cause and effect comprehension
Even as adults, we are at times baffled by how certain household systems and mechanisms work, especially if they are complex in nature. The skills necessary to see through these systems lies in the basic knowledge we acquire about how systems work and what causes them to function the way do. Children must be given the exposure to handle equipment such as a Hummingbird Robotics kit, which helps them comprehend the way circuits work and gives them the opportunity to use the kit to make different outcomes. Handling such smart toys brings out the logical thinker inside each child as they use logic and reasoning to understand the cause and effect during the process.
Justification of information
Computer programming is one of the best methods in which you as a teacher can teach your students to flourish this competency. Validation of information is the ability to analyze different types of data and, extract useful information from them and apply the acquired scientific knowledge to solve problems. Osmo Coding is fun and educative toy that will give the kids a basic knowledge of coding by teaching them flow diagrams and process chains. This particular game requires the children to guide a character through a pathway in search of objectives and to lay the path, they must use a set of functions and arrange them in the most fitting manner. This way they learn how to use logical thinking to arrange and manage data in more complex systems.
It is important to allocate a considerable amount of time for discussions with the children in order to clarify any doubts they might have regarding what they learnt and to teach them the importance of posing questions. This doesn’t necessarily have to be a formal and strict procedure where you as the teacher mandate children to engage themselves in the process. Simply walk around and ask them if they have anything they would like to discuss about, if so, give the whole class the benefit of the opportunity and conduct an effective and interactive discussion regarding the issue. Who knows, you might even learn something new in the process.