In order to raise kids that can readily pick up on knowledge and new information, absorb what’s being taught and have minds that are flexible enough, we need to develop their critical thinking skills and encourage them to think, ponder and question.
Talking about practical life, there arise many situations in which the answer to certain questions and circumstances is not a specific one. But rather the many possible outcomes that may go with it perfectly and you have to choose one. It’s more complicated than a simple MCQ and that is what needs to be taught to our kids.
Some of the ways that may help us polish critical thinking in our kids are as follows.
1. Encourage them to question What, How and Why
Oftenly we stop after What. What needs to be done is to continue and go beyond this What and think about the reasons. When you do so, you dig in deep to the subject and search for other facts that are hidden somewhere in the situation.
2. Ask about their point of view
What you can do is give them a certain scenario and ask them for their input and views regarding this. For example, how can we save water or why do we need to save water? As a result, children will put them in other shoes and think about the answer from everyone’s perspective while being creative.
3. Inquire them about their source of information
Asking them, “how do you know about it?” will make them access their statements and flex their brain muscles to think about the information source. They will be keen to read and research that is essential for critical thinking.
4. Ask them for solutions to problems
Not only will this make them feel important, but also will let them come up with the different approach and will assist them in purifying their knowledge each time while broadening their spectrum.
This is not only for the younger lot but we as adults can also learn critical thinking by practising it that will enable us to be equipped with knowledge in the longer run.