April 03, 2010

Fostering Independent Thinking

Independent thinkers do not simply accept what the teacher is saying; they question and grapple with the information, seeing if it makes sense to them. This is an important step before the student can make use of what he or she has learned. A tip for fostering independent thinking in your class is to ask broader, higher questions, not simple recapping or directing recall questions. Nor will simple "yes" or "no" answers accomplish this goal. This type of questioning helps the students think about the information independently and draw their own conclusions. Thus, their spiritual experience becomes their own.