Teaching and Learning - Critical Thinking


Thinking CompetenciesCross-curricular Competencies 

A focus on competencies is less about knowing something and more about knowing how and where to access the needed information, and then engaging ethically and entrepreneurially with what is known to create and innovate. This shifts “education away from a process of disseminating information to a process of inquiry and discovery” and to the application of knowledge. Competencies enable children and youth of all ages to develop “as individuals—emotionally, intellectually, physically, socially and spiritually.” The following competencies, adapted from Inspiring Education and included in the Ministerial Order on Student Learning, contribute to the vision of students becoming engaged thinkers and ethical citizens with an entrepreneurial spirit: 

• know how to learn: to gain knowledge, understanding or skills through experience, study and interaction with others; 
• think critically: conceptualize, apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate to construct knowledge; 
• identify and solve complex problems; 
• manage information: access, interpret, evaluate and use information effectively, efficiently, and ethically; 
• innovate: create, generate and apply new ideas or concepts; 
• create opportunities through play, imagination, reflection, negotiation, and competition, with an entrepreneurial spirit; 
• apply multiple literacies: reading, writing, mathematics, technology, languages, media, and personal finance; 
• demonstrate good communication skills and the ability to work cooperatively with others; 
• demonstrate global and cultural understanding, considering the economy and sustainable development; and 
• identify and apply career and life skills through personal growth and well-being.

Project-based Learning 

Set up projects with the support of Project-based Learning's leading organization - Buck Institute. www.bie.org

As presented at the Google Summit in Edmonton - March 2015