THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR TEACHING THINKING

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LESSONS:

Below are some great classroom tested lessons, which infuse Critical and Creative Thinking into content instruction. They have been selected from material that NCTT uses in its staff development work. These available lessons will be updated from time to time by the addition of new ones, so please check back periodically.

What is infusion?   ZIPPED VERSION   PDF VERSION    WEB PAGE
Please note all information provided is reprinted from the lesson design handbook series on Infusing the Teaching of Critical and Creative Thinking into Content Instruction by Robert Swartz, Stephen David Fischer, and Sandra Parks.

 

  
 

 


PLEASE READ:
After listening to your needs, we have decided to offer our lessons as either a ZIP file, PDF file or in the form of a Web Page. The best way of viewing each lesson, is to choose the ZIP file and then open the actual file once it is downloaded to your computer. If you have any questions, please email us at: info@nctt.net.

LESSON TITLE
GRADE AND SUBJECT AREA
THINKING SKILL
LESSON CAN BE FOUND IN THIS RESOURCE
LESSON: ZIP FILE
LESSON:
PDF FILE
LESSON:
WEB PAGE
Plant Cells and Animal Cells Grades 6-12
Science
Compare & Contrast Infusing the Teaching of Critical and Creative Thinking into Secondary Science: A Lesson Design Handbook by Robert Swartz, Stephen David Fischer, and Sandra Parks.
Alternative Energy Grades 6-12
Science
Decision Making Infusing the Teaching of Critical and Creative Thinking into Secondary Science: A Lesson Design Handbook by Robert Swartz, Stephen David Fischer, and Sandra Parks.
Mr. Arable the Runt Pig Grade 3
Language Arts
Decision Making Infusing Critical and Creative Thinking Into Elementary Instruction by Robert Swartz and Sandra Parks
Horton and the Hunters Grades K-1
Decision Making
Infusing Critical and Creative Thinking Into Elementary Instruction by Robert Swartz and Sandra Parks
Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass Grades 5-12 Compare & Contrast Infusing Critical and Creative Thinking Into Elementary Instruction by Robert Swartz and Sandra Parks
Tucker’s Countryside Grade 3-4
Language Arts
Problem Solving Teaching Critical & Creative Thinking in Language Arts – Grade 3 & 4 by Robert J. Swartz, Traci Whipple, Gina Blaisdell, Mary Anne Kiser
The Triangle AIDA Grade 5-6 
Literature
Compare & Contrast Teaching Critical & Creative Thinking in Language Arts by Robert J. Swartz, Mary Anne Kiser, Rebecca Reagan
Women’s Rights Grade 5-6 
Literature
Reasons & Conclusions Teaching Critical & Creative Thinking in Language Arts- Grade 5&6  by Robert J. Swartz, Mary Anne Kiser, Rebecca Reagan
What Should Sarah Do? Grade 3-4
Language Arts
Decision Making Teaching Critical & Creative Thinking in Language Arts – Grade 3 & 4 by Robert J. Swartz, Traci Whipple, Gina Blaisdell, Mary Anne Kiser
  • KEYNOTE ADDRESS PRESENTED AT THE FIRST ANNUAL THINKING QUALITIES INITIATIVE CONFERENCE IN HONG KONG – JUNE 23, 2000
    The movement to bring the explicit teaching of thinking into the classroom stimulated the creation of a variety of special courses and programs with thinking as a focus during the 1980s. When a separate program is used as the sole vehicle for instruction in thinking, however effective it may be otherwise, there is indication that the transfer of what is learned into other academic work and into everyday thinking is far less automatic than we would like. READ MORE….
  • HONORING INFUSION TEACHERSNCTT is establishing a place on its website where it can honor the work of excellent teachers of skillful thinking infused into content. The first such teacher NCTT has chosen to honor is Bek Galloway, a teacher at the Raroa Normal Intermediate School, in Wellington New Zealand. Bek’s teaching and the action research that she conducted for the Northwest EHSAS Cluster of schools in Wellington about infusion are exemplary. We include a video clip of Bek’s teaching, as well as the action research that she conducted. We should all applaud Bek for her commitment to infusion and for the fine work she has done implementing it.

    Download Bek’s article and sound bite here.

 

 

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Decision Making Techniques

How to make better decisions

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Decision Making Models

The Vroom-Yetton-Jago Decision Model
Deciding how to decide

The Kepner-Tregoe Matrix
Making unbiased, risk assessed decisions

OODA Loops 
Understanding the decision cycle

Choosing Between Options

Grid Analysis
Making a choice balancing many factors

Paired Comparison Analysis
Working out relative importances

Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP)
Choosing by weighing up many subjective factors

Conjoint Analysis
Measuring buyer preferences

Pareto Analysis
Using the 80:20 rule to prioritize

Decision Trees
Choosing by projecting “expected outcomes”

Quantitative Strategic Planning Matrix (QSPM)
Choosing the best strategic way forward

Deciding Whether to Go Ahead

Go/No-Go Decisions
Deciding whether to go ahead

Risk Analysis
Evaluating the risks that you face

Plus, Minus, Interesting
Weighing the pros and cons of a decision

Force Field Analysis
Analyzing pressures for and against change

“What If” Analysis
Making decisions by exploring scenarios

Impact Analysis
Identifying the unexpected consequences of a decision

Financial Decisions

Cost/Benefit Analysis
Evaluating quantitatively whether to follow a course of action

Break-even Analysis
Determining when a product becomes profitable

Cash Flow Forecasting
Testing the viability of a project

Improving Decision Making

The Ladder of Inference
Avoiding “jumping to conclusions”

Decision Making Under Uncertainty
Making the best choice with the information available

Decision Making – “Cautious” or “Courageous”?
Understand your risk preference and make better decisions

Six Thinking Hats
Looking at a decision from all points of view

Critical Thinking
Develop the skills for successful thinking

Blindspot Analysis
Avoiding common fatal flaws in decision making

Reactive Decision Making 
Making good decisions under pressure

Linear Programming
Optimizing your limited resources

Monte Carlo Analysis
Bringing uncertainty and risk into forecasting

The Impact of Ethics and Values

The Foursquare Protocol
Learning to manage ethical decisions

What Are Your Values?
Deciding what’s most important in life

Spiral Dynamics
Understanding how people’s values may affect their decision making

Group Decision Making

Organizing Team Decision-Making
Reaching consensus for better decisions

Multi-Voting
Choosing fairly between many options

Nominal Group Technique
Prioritizing issues and projects to achieve consensus

Stepladder Technique
Making better group decisions

The Delphi Technique
Achieving well thought-through consensus among experts

Avoiding Groupthink
Avoiding fatal flaws in group decision making

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