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5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable help for teachers of thinking skills, 13 Oct 2010
This review is from: The Thinking Teacher's Toolkit: Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives (Paperback)
As the authors make clear, this book is aimed particularly at inexperienced teachers of Thinking Skills or Critical Thinking, almost all of whom specialize in some other subject. But I doubt if any teachers are so competent or so experienced that they will not find something of value here.

The metaphor "toolkit" in the title is apt. No reader is likely to need all the tools in the box, but many teachers - especially those who are new to the subject - will make use of a lot of them. Between them, the authors have an exceptionally broad experience in teaching and assessing thinking skills.

The book contains a lot of practical suggestions for both planning and teaching, especially for the beginning of a course. This book will save teachers a lot of time. In particular, chapter 2 suggests how to begin a course in either of two styles, in which the thinking skills are either taught explicitly or embedded in the discussion of interesting issues.

As the authors rightly point out, teachers of this subject constantly face the dilemma of whether to focus on interesting issues or on preparation for the exam. If a full ration of time is available, they can do both. Some of the ideas in this book would be too tangential for use in preparing students for an exam, but chapter 8 ends with some very valuable hints for success in exams.

Although the specimen dialogues are stilted, every teacher will know how to adapt them for their own use. Some of the suggested teaching points will apply to the most able students only, but teachers will know what they need to leave out.
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