Critical Thinking Goals
It is a chance to look inside yourself and examine your own ability to think.It is a place where you can learn about the difference between good thinking and bad thinking.
When we say, “Students will understand…,” what does understanding look like; how will we evaluate it?
In teaching, Paul and Elder (2007) give at least two fundamental purposes to Socratic questioning: Please see the detailed excerpts from Paul and Elder (2007) on how to use unplanned Socratic questioning (link), and on how to conduct a planned Socratic discussion (link).
For more information about the Socratic style of questioning, see The Role of Socratic Questioning in Thinking, Teaching, and Learning, from The Critical Thinking Community, is a brief but detailed publication with practical examples.
Bloom’s Taxonomy can help you develop your questions too and should also be a part of a routine process of your daily classes; see The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom by Larry Ferlazzo.
The Socratic style of questioning also encourages critical thinking.