Critical thinking skills are crucial to learning. Students often struggle with critical thinking because they may not have been taught how to think critically or encouraged to do so. Providing guidance and opportunities for students to engage in critical thinking is key to successful learning, espeically active learning. The goal is to teach our students how to think rather than what to think.
Problem-based, cooperative, and collaborative learning are all examples of active learning. When creating activities to engage students, choosing the right strategy to acheive the learning objective is important. These types of learning translate into the real world of home, career, and society in general.