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Creating and thinking critically – choosing ways to do things

Once children have had an idea they need to work out how to make it happen. Find out how the creative process is bound up with critical thinking as children begin to evaluate their actions, ideas and things they notice to come up with an effective solution.

Good for looking at

  • Characteristics of effective learning
  • Metacognition
  • Self-regulation
  • Strategies
  • Planning how to solve a problem
  • Self-talk/private speech
  • Evaluating
 
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Before children can talk,
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you can see their thinking in their actions,
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and in the way they choose how to do things.
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This can be simple at first,
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like choosing whether to push or pull the bike.
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No.
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With time and experience, they can work out
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how to overcome problems in improved ways.
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Like choosing to pull the bike from further down.
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When children have had an idea,
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they need to work out how to make it work.
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And as they get older,
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they can begin to make choices in a more organized way.
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We're trying to sort this out.
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There.
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Move it a little bit further.
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They can use language to communicate plans
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and make decisions about how to solve a problem
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or reach a goal.
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You gonna move it under here. There.
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They can check the effectiveness
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of their strategy
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and monitor it to see what is working
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or if they need to try another option.
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Like.
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Not yet, it just needs to be on that.
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We need a stone.
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We're gonna have a stone.
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If we lift this up.
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Jess, can you move the stone under here.
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Someone needs to help Jessica.
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Done it.
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It's a bit wobbly.
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That one down and put that under.
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Oh.
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The creative process is bound up
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with critical thinking.
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As children begin to evaluate their actions, ideas,
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and things they notice to come up
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with an effective solution.
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Lemme try out, I'll be careful.
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That looks steadier.
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Children who are becoming good at learning.
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Learn to think about thinking.
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They're becoming aware of their own thinking.
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This is called metacognition
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and is the key to self-regulated learning.
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This one's really hard.
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This one's pretty easy.
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It allows children
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to become aware of the ways they learn
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and how they learn best.
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They can consciously plan how to solve a problem
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or perform a task.
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They can check how well things are going
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and start using different strategies if needed.
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They can think about how well something worked.
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This is a really...
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So you gotta throw, bounce it off here.
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Could have gone that one, that one or that one.
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Talking out loud to yourself
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is a way of thinking about your thinking.
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Oh. Too high.
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Later this dialogue becomes internalized.
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It would be better.
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The neural connections in the brain
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allowing these things to happen,
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develop over many years.
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It's not about learning facts.
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It's learning and being aware of how to learn.