Critical Thinking is Critical (I think)
The Secondary Education science methods course is all about how to create meaningful, relevant, and exciting ways to design lessons for students in grades 7-12. In fact, it goes beyond that in an attempt to expose future teachers to ways in which to get students thinking critically about the world around them, question what they hear and experience, and engage in exploration to answer questions.
Discussion is undoubtedly one method for engaging students in education. More importantly, discussions about events and experiences in real-life often provide a venue for thought-provoking dialogue and higher-order thinking. Roadside and informative signs can engage and cause serious humor in the classroom and act as a springboard to lessons. Here are just a few ‘hooks’.