Meanwhile, middle school can be a difficult time for some.
Students are no longer in elementary school and with the transition to a new school comes more responsibilities and the expectation of a new level of maturity.
In this activity, students are shown a picture with no caption.
They are then encouraged to express what they see in the picture, what they think about what they are observing, and then to wonder about possible unknowns.
Students are introduced to more teachers, more classes, and more friends.
Mentally, some middle school students are not quite ready for this challenge.Students tend to come up with more answers to the problem when they're working collaboratively.The group portion of this activity can encourage students to observe and adopt critical thinking skills displayed by their peers. " Give your students five minutes to write a list of at least five ways they are similar to a peanut.Tell them not to worry about being literal; their answers can be creative and figurative.For example, a student might claim to be thick-skinned, or that he cracks under pressure, just like a peanut.Gathering Processing Applying Middle school students often struggle with level two and level three questions.Many are used to finding the answer in the text and may develop anxiety if the answer is not immediately available and obvious.Christopher Cascio is a memoirist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and literature from Southampton Arts at Stony Brook Southampton, and a Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in the rhetoric of fiction from Pennsylvania State University.Critical thinking, a Common Core requirement, is often a challenge at the middle school level.Various strategies can be used to teach students how to analyze reading material and apply it to the real world.Read on to learn more about various levels of questioning as well as different activities that may be used to introduce critical thinking in the classroom.