Skill 8: Critical thinking
Give children the opportunity to figure out problems for themselves as opposed to giving them the answers immediately
When children encounter a problem they usually go to someone they trust to look for an answer. Sometimes they don't realise that they had the answers all along!
When the initial problem or question arises, help the children to figure it out by asking open questions that will help them to get to the answer bit by bit.
For example, questions such as:
- What else could you try?
- What could you do differently?
- Why do you think that has happened?
Encourage the children to think for themselves. They may also be able to learn to solve the problem by observing or speaking to others to learn from their ideas.
If they don’t get to the answer immediately, praise them for their effort and point out that finding out what doesn’t work can help us get closer to the solution.