How to Improve Collaboration, Communication, Creative and Critical Thinking in Students?

Communication, Critical thinking, collaboration, and creative thinking are important in the workplace, at home, and in virtually every interaction your students will have. These days teaching styles are consistently failing to help students mastering these "Four Cs." Only the right curriculum can overcome these areas, helping your students prepare for the real world while still meeting or excelling curriculum goals.

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Vishal Bhojane
July 2, 2019


Why the Four Cs Matter

In the center of pressure to exceed district standards, to please parents, and to entertain students, it's very easy to lose sight of the real objective of education. A good education is about preparing students for the future. Students should leave your classroom with a treasure of skills they can use no matter what direction their life's path takes.

Communication, Critical thinking, collaboration, and creative thinking serve students all day, every day or in any situation. That's even truer when they hit adulthood. Just Consider a common dilemma: a fight with a companion. A person who thinks critically about their own nature, who engages in the creative problem-solving, communicates well, and cooperate to find out the solutions will be better to resolve the problem and have a happy relationship in their lives.

Here's another common problem students might face: dealing with a medical bill they don't think they owe. Critical thinking skills help students research the bills and synthesize the information. Collaboration and communication are very important for working with a medical office. Creative thinking can help students prepare a number of plans for paying the bill-or for disputing it if the medical office isn't responsive.

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How Typical Teaching Styles Fail to Teach Critical Thinking and Other Vital Skills

Parents, professionals, friends, relatives, and everybody must master the four Cs. Sadly, In this century traditional teaching methods fail to teach them. This is the Bitter truth of our educational system.

Much of the way educators teach is about asking students to passively accept information & knowledge. Students who spend long days sitting at desks rarely get a chance to collaborate with others. They may spend all day only as inactive recipients of a teacher's words. Creative thinking-such as thinking creatively about how to manage their own boredom—may even land them in trouble.

Here are some simple strategies to how to incorporate the four Cs into the classroom.

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Creative Thinking

  • Present students with complex problems & questions that require creative solutions, not simple questions that demand repetition memorization.
  • Allow students to move around during the day and encourage them to use a variety of methods to learn. For example, spend time outside with students when discussing biology, or use baseball and basketball to expose simple physics.
  • Encourage students to ask questions about what they learn and even to say they disagree with their teachers.
  • Give them projects rather than giving students worksheets and test papers. whatever extent possible, encourage them to develop their own projects & ideas on it.
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Collaboration

  • Boost students to work through problems or conflicts on their own, but give them the support and resources they required to accomplish these goal. This will prepare them to face future's obstacles in their lives. Offer them tips, questions, and a safe place to discuss their disagreements where they can grow up.
  • Push students to collaborate outside of the classroom. Can they interview an expert for a paper? Can they work with a sibling to solve family challenges? Negotiate with mom and dad for a small change in family rules? Encourage these efforts, and talk to parents and caregivers about how they can boost, too.
  • Push students to collaborate outside of the classroom. Can they interview an expert for a paper? Can they work with a sibling to solve family challenges? Negotiate with mom and dad for a small change in family rules? Encourage these efforts, and talk to parents and caregivers about how they can boost, too.
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Communication

  • Don't rely completely on group work and conflict management to teach students communication skills. Communication strategies such as negotiation, apologies, and effective advocacy must be taught. Students must experiment through trial and error. Provide a safe environment for them to do this by allowing friendly conflict.
  • Encourage students to get involved in community issues. They might write lobby a politician, or author a persuasive blog entry. When appropriate, encourage students to go to school board meetings and share their views, or to attend state legislative days.
  • Don't demand silence during the day. It's reasonable to expect students to be orderly and to avoid interrupting, butshooting down their questions or penalizing them for excitedly sharing ideas shuts down communication. Instead, teach them the appropriate way to communicate by telling them not to interrupt, to be friendly and succinct, and to avoid talking over others.
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It doesn't matter what your students do with their lives, they will need to think critically and creatively. They'll need to work with others and effectively communicate. Project-based learning is one of the best effective ways to help your students master these skills set. It's fun. It works. It can be adapted to any educational goals. It might even reignite your students love of learning and your passion for teaching.




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