Thursday 9/28/2017 – OPENING: 40 minutes

“There is nothing more practical than sound thinking. No matter what your circumstance or goals, no matter where you are, or what problems you face, you are better off if your thinking is skilled. As a manager, leader, employee, citizen, lover, friend, parent — in every realm and situation of your life — good thinking pays off. Poor thinking, in turn, inevitably causes problems, wastes time and energy, engenders frustration and pain.” (Elder, Paul, The Critical Thinking Community)

Today’s warm up will have us in a circle (haven’t done that in a while) to focus on a Habit of Mind (HOM). I know you’ve all heard about HOMs in some of your other classes, which is great. You may know that there are 16 of these habits…that’s a lot.

We’re not going to try to tackle all of them this year. That’s too much. Instead, we’ll have a few that we focus on and work with on a regular basis. Today is the start. The HOM we’ll be working with today is “Thinking about your thinking”.

We’ll go around the circle in typical fashion, each of us responding to the following prompt to help us begin working with this difficult concept.

What do you think about social media?

In responding, please try to use the following format..

  • I think . . . (state your main point)
  • In other words . . . (elaborate your main point)
  • For example . . . (give an example of your main point)

LESSON – 20 minutes

The rest of today will be devoted to written reflection. Please respond to the prompts on THIS FORM.


  • Thinking is difficult work. As Henry Ford once put it, “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.”
  • Becoming better thinkers is one of the best things we can do for ourselves.
  • Using precise language to describe our thinking is a great way to get clear about our thinking.

Quote of the Week

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” John Muir


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