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Critical and Creative Thinking Strategies by Mind Map: Critical and Creative
Thinking Strategies
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Critical and Creative Thinking Strategies

9 critical and creative thinking strategies designed to challenge and engage students.

Encapsulation

Most important

Representing ideas

Essence if topic

Main idea

Image, word

Mind mapping

Your brain on paper

Brain dump

How your thinking works

Visual thinking

Visual note taking

Organize ideas

Connect ideas

Mind mapping process

Start with central idea

Branch out in all directions

Use key words and phrases

Colors, pictures

Common uses

Pre-assessment, What do students already know?, What's right?, What's wrong?, What's missing?

Post-asssessment

Plus, minus, interesting (PMI)

Positive aspects

Negative aspects

Intriguing aspects

There's good, bad, and interesting

Visualization

Picture in mind's eye using all five senses

Mental images

Problem solving with pictures

Example: models in math

Vivid images

Analogies

Comparing ideas/things to see similarities

Decisions & outcomes

Cause and effect

Decisions have impacts on outcomes

Questioning

Active learners

Higher order questions

Why?

How?

Metacognition

Thinking about thinking

Questioning our thinking process

Point of view

Looking from a different point of view

RAFT

Role of the writer

Audience

Format

Topic

Fluency, flexibility, originality, elaboration

Many ideas

New ideas

Recombination of ideas