“I touch the future. I teach” (Crista McAuliffe)
Educators have one of the most important jobs in the world. They prepare students with the knowledge, skills and motivation they will need to learn and to succeed.
Importance of teaching good thinking
Good thinking is our strongest defense against ignorance and intolerance. Students possessing strength in critical thinking are better equipped to solve problems, to understand and to integrate content material, and to achieve in school. And that achievement prepares them for tomorrow.
The most successful teachers are those who both nurture and challenge thinking. The more children are asked to exercise their core critical thinking skills, the stronger these skills become.
Every day good teachers create opportunities for their students to ask questions, analyze information and develop their skills. Effective educators motivate students to solve problems thoughtfully and to evaluate new information and sources. To teach thinking, teachers work hard to model good thinking every day. They demand good thinking, test for good thinking and reward good thinking in their grading practices.
Everyone involved in delivering quality learning, from the instructor to the administrator, plays an essential part in the growth and success of the next generation. Strong thinking is the common denominator of success throughout the world. No society, local or global, can sustain itself and flourish without its members learning to think well together.
As the school year begins, Insight Assessment salutes all teachers.
We urge everyone to take time to thank teachers for their year round enthusiasm and commitment to promoting thinking and learning.