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Open-ended tasks are easy to implement, allow learners the opportunity to achieve success, and allow for critical thinking and creativity.Tools such as Bloom’s Taxonomy and Thinkers Keys are also very worthwhile tasks.The author argues that using both thinking processes together creates a much more productive thinking process.

Alongside the mathematics curriculum, we also have the General Capabilities, one of which is Critical and Creative Thinking – there’s no excuse! When we embed critical and creative thinking, we transform learning from disjointed, memorisation of facts, to sense-making mathematics.

Learning becomes more meaningful and purposeful for students.

I just started reading “Think Better: An Innovator’s Guide to Productive Thinking” by Tim Hurson.

I just started Chapter 3 and have become amazed that I hadn’t thought about the difference between Critical Thinking and Creative Thinking…though I’ve blogged about the subject in the past (see The Problem(s) with Linear Thinking, Critical Thinking Definitions, and my review of Jack’s Notebook).

Developing your ability to think academically and in a way that complements your subject does take practice.

You will have many opportunities to hone your thinking skills in seminars and tutorials, in debate and discussion, and in writing assignments and projects.

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Numeracy is often defined as the ability to apply mathematics in the context of day to day life.

For good mathematical problems go to the nrich website.

For more extended mathematical investigations and a wonderful array of rich tasks, my favourite resource is Maths300 (this is subscription based, but well worth the money). There are lots of reasons that teachers should be engaged with critical and creative thinking.


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