Developing and improving critical thinking skills is a life study, and one that’s definitely worth pursuing.
In fact, according to all the educators we speak with in our travels, critical thinking skills rank among what they believe to be the most necessary skills for our learners to have for life beyond school.
However, if you look closely you’ll see a common thread among them: they all support the notion that thinking critically requires discipline.
Regardless of what images that particular word conjures up, the fact is real critical thinking requires a level of self-discipline and awareness, not to mention practice and perseverance.
When facing any kind of a challenge, someone has to take the lead and make the hard calls others shy away from.
Effective critical thinkers realize that, more often than not, it’s necessary to take the initiative and make a decision even if it ends up being the wrong one.
As such, those who think critically also tend to be instinctual Many situations that call for critical thinking also call for quick and decisive action.
When we think critically we weigh our options and imagine the outcomes in the moment with speed and clarity, and are able to put aside fear when it comes to making decisions.
It’s also thinking in a self-regulated and self-corrective manner—essentially, thinking on purpose.
Critical thinking involves mindful forms of communication, problem-solving, and a freedom from any bias or egocentric tendency.