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Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Learning is deepened when situated in meaningful, real-world, authentic experiences to achieve one’s potential as a constructive and reflective citizen.

Learners will:

  • Solve meaningful, real-life, complex problems by taking concrete steps to address issues and design and manage projects.
  • Engage in an inquiry process to solve problems as well as acquire, process, interpret, synthesize and critically
    analyze information to make informed decisions (e.g. critical and digital literacy)
  • See patterns, make connections and transfer what they have learned from one situation to another, including real world applications.
  • Construct, relate and apply knowledge to all domains of life such as school, home, work, friends and community.
  • Analyze the functions and interconnections of social, economic and ecological systems.
  • Evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility and relevance of information, media, data or other resources.
  • Know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
  • Break problems into component parts, extract key information, and develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problem-solving.

DEFINITION:

Critical thinking and problem solving involve addressing complex issues and problems by acquiring, processing, analyzing and interpreting
information to make informed judgements, decisions and actions.

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Examples of Critical Thinking and Problem Solving in the UGDSB

  • EITC (Elementary Inclusion Technology Coaches) & PD (Professional Development)
  • TJRC (Terry James Resource Centre), Central Library—Makerspace kits & science kits provide inquiry prompts for both students and educators
  • Learning Commons—Space is designed to give students a location to work, collaborate, problem solve and a space for e-learning etc.
  • Design challenges
  • Inquiry based approaches
  • Media literacy supports this strand in terms of digital literacy
  • Emphasis on outdoor learning
  • Knowledge Building Forums e.g., Natural Curiosity
  • Learning through problem solving in mathematics
  • Transformational Teaching and Learning Strategies