Ask any teacher and they’ll tell you that teaching critical thinking skills are of utmost importance in any subject. When your students interpret CornDogArt images, they are practicing critical thinking skills. There are many interpretations of this term, but generally they include students being able to:
While looking at and analyzing CornDogArt images, students are using all of these skills. When they develop ideas about the meaning of the image, they are making inferences. This process involves students participating in three ways:
Fundamentally, we want students to trust themselves enough to share their thoughts with the group. Often, students are reluctant respond to questions because they think, “There is one right answer, and I don’t have it.” While using these images, teachers can promote multiple answers to the question, encouraging reluctant students to participate. Simply ask, “What is happening in the image?”
When children learn how to think critically, they learn how to rationalize and interpret what they are experiencing.
It is important to build time into lessons for looking, thinking and making connections. This may seem obvious but unfortunately it is not common practice. Observation is the first step in thinking. It is important for us as educators to teach children how to observe with intention – learn to look with a purpose. The images we are bombarded with every day contain limitless information that we must sift through, prioritize, decipher and act upon. Observation requires stamina and focused thought, skills which can be taught and improved upon.
The more details students see and interpret, the richer their writing will be. Keen observation is an important part of the writing process.
Asking kids to look critically and observe their environment is fundamental to critical thinking. In Learning and Leading With Habits of Mind, the authors Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick argue that there are at least 16 specific intelligent behaviors that we all can (and should ) use when posed with challenges. They include – persisting, managing impulsivity, thinking and communicating with clarity and precision, gathering data through all senses, creating, imagining, & innovating, responding with wonderment and awe, and listening with understanding and empathy, among others. All of the ‘intelligences’ address the fact that students of all ages need to be aware and intentional about their thoughts and how they problem solve. Using Corn Dog Art images and videos in the classroom can help students practice all of these intelligences.
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