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Alex Lancia

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Critical Thinking

No internet? No Problem! Learning tech from an 8 year old

And so it finally happened. It was obvious really. Just two students giggling in the corner of the room staring at their iPads. So I walk over, slowly ... with the worst possible thoughts going through my head ... thinking... Continue Reading →

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Pokemon Go … and why critical thinking can save your life!

So if ... critical thinking is "the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action (criticalthinking.org),... Continue Reading →

Content or Thinking? The Shifting African Map Conundrum

Let's take a picture walk through African history... German Southwest Africa, Belgian Kongo, or Rhodesia ring a bell? Sixty years later these country names are looking a little more familiar perhaps. And here we are today. Pop quiz time ...... Continue Reading →

My Top 10 Reading Workshop One-Liners (and take-aways)

1) “Whoever does the most work does the most learning.” Debbie Miller.  My thoughts: make sure students do most the work! Duh. 2) "The great thing about technology is that it enables us to connect not 1-1 but 1-world."  Stephanie... Continue Reading →

4 Ways to Teach Your Pre-Schooler to Code

I am sure you have heard it already, "coding is the new literacy." Maybe, maybe not.  What I do believe strongly however is that coding and programming helps students to think creatively and problem-solve.  Basically "hands-on" critical thinking!  In my... Continue Reading →

Research says … (a cautionary tale)

Once upon a time, a long long time ago, research says ... the earth is the center of the universe. Oh, and by the way the earth is flat too! It took about a thousand years for Copernicus to “disprove”... Continue Reading →

How to Foster Critical Thinking Skills in an Early Childhood Classroom

A few weeks ago The Economist magazine ran a thought provoking article on the impact of today's technology on tomorrow's jobs.  The basic conclusion was that we are not ready for tomorrow's jobs. Why? David Price, in his book “Open”... Continue Reading →

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