If you’re a soccer player, the rules of basketball won’t help you.
Similarly, you won’t get far if you start kicking the ball in the middle of a basketball game.
Sometimes your coach may offer insight about how to improve. You learn to pay attention to your performance and identify areas of potential improvement. Often, your child will have the benefit of a teacher or parent to guide and evaluate them.
This is helpful, but the tool of self-monitoring is even more effective.
The earlier they can begin practicing, the more time they will have to build and refine their critical thinking skills.
Not all information is trustworthy, and some sources of information are intended to mislead or confuse people.
Critical thinking is an important skill in an information rich world that helps children and young people examine new pieces of information in order to make an informed judgement on an issue (Young and e Safe, Office of the e Safety Commissioner 2018).
Children and young people should always consider and question the relevance, accuracy and reliability of any content they find online.
A critical thinker is constantly working to understand the rules that govern the world around them.
Once this framework falls into place success becomes much more simple.