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Can We Teach Creative and Critical Thinking?

What are the elements of a lesson plan to teach students how to think creatively and critically? And how do we measure what they've learned?


When a teacher gives a test, he or she is trying to measure students' ability to recall and apply information learned over a particular period of time. The exams make it relatively straightforward: Did the student get an answer right or wrong? Was mastery of skills demonstrated?

But how is creative or critical thought defined and taught? And by what assessment can we measure it, if at all?

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