Perseverance, non-instant gratification, & note-taking
- It is essential for teachers foster attitudes of determination and optimism among students. Teachers need to help students realize, that not everything can be immediately gratifying. Critical thinking is a process that does not happen instantly. Another way teachers can help foster critical thinking among their students is to resist the urge to always and instantly help “struggling” students. Often, what we perceive as a struggler could be a thinker if we just let them be. In this era, when information is literally at our fingertips and we expect answers to be instantaneous, it can be difficult to let our students stew on a concept instead of rushing in and helping. Peter Tough (2012) states… “when we intervene in the sandbox to make sure everyone is sharing their toys; when we urge [students] to choose only those subjects they’re good at - we are denying them… character-building experiences.” While some may believe this is simply testament to a good teacher, preventing students from making mistakes will prevent students from developing as independent, critical thinkers.
- Students can also support their students to develop strong note-taking skills. Teachers can work with students to help them learn how to quickly record the essence of sources.
- introduce note taking as an opportunity to think critically by going over the criteria for good notes (The requirements of their task are that the precis be less than half a page in length and that it should accurately summarize all the important points—but only for those topics that are of use to the politician. Students would be thinking critically about their notetaking as they judge whether or not their suggested entries are accurate, relevant, comprehensive and concise)