TEDEd often splits these steps into Watch, Think, Dig Deeper, and Discuss.And to make your life easier, TEDEd also gives you the expected answer at the end of each activity.
In other words, Concordia doesn’t want to give you a fish — they want to teach you to fish.
You may not be able to take their resources straight to your students, but you can certainly adapt these resources to your own teaching style.
After that, the lesson will prompt them to come up with a solution or answer.
That’s when you can have students work individually, in groups, or as a class to exercise their critical thinking skills.
That’s why they created a list of critical thinking, as opposed to simply giving you pre-made lessons that you can use.
This actually makes sense, considering Concordia’s mission is to improve the way teachers teach, not just give them free resources that are proven to work.
These lessons tend to focus on the 2012 presidential election between Barack Obama and John Mc Cain, who, as the Annenberg Institute demonstrates, both made exaggerated claims that students can evaluate to discover kernels of truth.
The lessons may be a little dated, but the Annenberg Institute does a great job of providing clean, objective, and teacher-friendly lessons that you can use to have students practice critical thinking with real-world examples.
As GDCF explains, some of these critical thinking lessons are actually activities that place your students in the positions of discriminators or discriminated.
Others take a more abstract and artistic approach, such as the “body sculpting” activity, that emphasizes respect, kindness, and self-awareness.