We all know what shallow thinking is. It’s the type of thinking that you can answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to. It’s a straight recall of facts without really understanding what they mean or how they relate to the big picture.
For you to be able to make informed decisions about climate change and its affect upon our way of life, you will need to think deeply. You will need to be able to think critically and make informed decisions. Below is a checklist of the skills that we will develop during this unit. They will help you to move from the shallow, or pre-structural, thinking to deeper, extended abstract thinking. All of you are quite capable of making that mindshift. Remember how often a ‘growth mindshift’ comes into our discussions. You may not have some of the skills below … yet!
Evaluating information and arguments
- Is information trustworthy, relevant and useful?
- Can I evaluate logical arguments, unfounded assumptions, flawed main ideas, logical leaps and unfounded assumptions?
- Can I explain why I’m thinking the way I am?
Making connections and identifying patterns
- Can I make connections between ideas, topics, questions and issues?
- Can I make connections between patterns and relationships?
- Can I see connections between what I’m being taught in different subject areas?
Meaningful knowledge construction
- Can I identify what I already know about a topic and then use this to point me in the direction that I need to go to deepen my knowledge about a topic?
- Can I interpret and analyse information from different areas and bring them together to help me understand something?
- Can I use digital tools to help me think on a deeper level?
- Can I explain how using a digital tool helps me to think deeper?
Collaborative knowledge construction
- Can we work together in a way that sparks new thinking and original ideas?
- When we work together do we build on each other’s thoughts and ideas to create new ideas and knowledge?
- Do we construct new knowledge in a way that benefits everyone in the group?
Experimenting, reflecting and taking action on my ideas in the real world
- Can I think critically and evaluate my ideas?
- Can I find ways to transfer my new knowledge to different topics and subjects?
- Can I apply my new knowledge and skills to real world problems?
- Do I use constructive feedback from others to help me learn?