Develop The Territory Under Your Hat - THINK! Critical Thinking: A Workout For A Stronger Mind
Develop the Territory under your Hat - THINK! Critical Thinking: A Workout for a Stronger Mind provides insight on students' ability to utilize higher order thinking skills. With the help of America's Choice Program on critical thinking and writing skills, key concepts and definitions of writing and critical thinking are discussed. Various aspects of the America's Choice Program were discussed with related goals and objectives.
The purpose of this research study was to examine a selected group of fifth grade student’s ability to utilize higher order thinking skills. With the help of America’s Choice Program on critical thinking and writing skills on this issue, key concepts and definitions of writing and critical thinking were discussed. Various aspects of the America’s Choice program were discussed with related goals and objectives. Writing, as it relates to critical thinking concepts and the America’s Choice program was applied in this research study format at a Georgia elementary school with the goal to improve the writing capabilities of its students.
Writing has often been used to assess learning in classrooms; however, little time has been devoted to write-to-learn activities. Several researchers concurred that content area critical thinking and writing can be used to assist learning in three primary ways to gain relevant knowledge and experience in preparing for new activities, to review and consolidate what is known or has been learned, and to reformulate and extend ideas and experiences (Atwell, 1998; Murray, 1996; Avery, 1993; Graves, 1991; Langer & Applebee, 1987; Gere, 1985; Applebee, 1981; Britton, 1975).
An analysis of the teacher survey on teachers’ opinions about the impact of America’s Choice program on fifth grade students’ critical thinking and writing skills revealed that the majority of the teachers believed that students have good ability to write with clarity, use correct grammar, use correct punctuation, and the ability to develop a writing style.
Further, these teachers agreed that fifth grade students had the ability to transmit information and knowledge effectively, the ability to understand what they read, and the ability to move from instructions and concepts to execution of projects, and the ability to use general concepts in the content areas.
One hundred percent of the teachers reported that students have good ability to use general concepts in the content areas and the ability to use appropriate vocabulary during writing in the content areas. The majority of the teachers felt that fifth grade students had good critical thinking skills. The majority of the teachers agreed that the America’s Choice was effective because it benefited fifth grade students’ writing skills and their critical thinking skills.
Overall, teachers and students believed that the America’s Choice program was beneficial to teaching critical thinking. Students can develop confidence in reasoning, develop intellectual courage, think independently, read critically, and generate or assess solutions.
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