The Four C’s in STEM: Critical Thinking with Wordle

Critical thinking encourages students to look deeply into concepts and problems.  In striving to work towards the higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy, students learn skills to help them analyze, question and explain.

It’s tough for teachers to teach critical thinking because these skills can look like so many different thought processes in so many different scenarios.  So, how do we teach these then?  One way is to use tools like Wordle.

Wordle can encourage critical thinking skills by helping students to make predictions, identify main ideas, and focus discussions.  Word clouds also provide students the opportunity for reflection and evaluation of text or concepts.