Students can sometimes find the classroom to be an uncomfortable environment; hence, it can be difficult to persuade them to voice their thinking in front of their peers. Students’ fear of accidentally recalling incorrect answers in a classroom setting may set a domino effect of instant ridicule from their classmates, which can consequentially inhibit many of them from participating in future classroom discourse. To reduce fears, educators should foster an environment of support that encourages students to think visibly and more critically. The purpose of this article is to explore the literature, which suggests an environment that promotes creative learning and visible thinking inherently develops students’ critical thinking skills resulting in them becoming better problem solvers.
Dr. Alanna Bowie is an assistant professor at Georgia Southwestern State University. She is the Coordinator of the Middle Grades and Secondary Education Programs.
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"Getting Students to Think Critically and Visibly,"
Becoming: Journal of the Georgia Middle School Association: Vol. 29
, Article 2.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/becoming_journal/vol29/iss1/2