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Active Thinking

June 25th, 2013 by eTutor
Thinking and being aware of our own thoughts are skills that make us human. Thinking is an active process. It encompasses events that range from daydreaming to problem solving. It is a kind of ongoing, internal dialogue that accompanies actions such as performing a task, observing a scene or expressing an opinion.

As a parent, you can…

  • Encourage your children to ask questions about the world around them.
  • When reading to or with young children, ask them to imagine what will happen next in the story.
  • Actively listen to your children’s conversation, responding seriously and nonjudgmentally to the questions they raise.
  • When your children express feelings, ask why they feel that way.
  • Suggest that your children find facts to support their opinions, and then encourage them to locate information relevant to their opinions.
  • Use entertainment, a TV program or a movie, as a starting point for family discussions.
  • Use daily activities as occasions for learning. Forregister1.gif (1842 bytes)example, instead of sending a child to the store with a simple list of items to purchase, talk with the child first about how much each item might cost, how much all the items might add up to and estimate how much change s/he should receive.
  • Reward your children for inquisitive and/or creative activity that is productive.
  • Ask your children what questions their teachers are raising in class. For example, a history class might be “asking” how American westward expansion began.

Remember, if your children are active participants in a home where there is talk about the why and the how of things, they are more likely to be active thinkers both in and out of school.

Courtesy of the National Education Association

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