Editor’s Note: Jennifer Kahler is the Assistant Principal of Glenallen Elementary School and a Mind in the Making Facilitator.
As parents and educators, one of our many goals for our children is to raise and teach smart, able, and resilient adults. Speaking from personal experience as well as those experiences shared by the participants of Team Horizon, one of the biggest challenges is fighting the urge to come in for the “save” when our children are struggling. With the most loving and best of intentions, we often find ourselves wanting to help, wanting to fix, wanting to solve the problems facing our children – wanting to make things easy. It often pains us to see them struggling prompting us to rescue them.
“Critical thinking,” says Mind in The Making author, Ellen Galinsky, “is the search for valid and reliable information and that’s important because the information that we have, the way we see the world, guides not only what we think, but what we do.”
Collectively, our cohort came up with the following suggestions to promote critical thinking that parents, caregivers, and educators can implement: