What is critical thinking? How can I foster it in my students and staff? What does it look like when it’s being done right? What are some of the best critical thinking definitions I can find? Sometimes the best understanding comes by observing.

What we’ve done is assemble an homage to some of the best critical thinking definitions. See classic quotes in our Hall of Words. Catch an exploratory video in the Hall of Lectures. Test your knowledge in the Hall of Meaning or the Hall of Games. Peruse this gallery of collections from around the Web honoring critical thinking definitions.

The Hall of Words



Quotes from Goodreads

“The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.”—Christopher Hitchens

“There is a magnificent, beautiful, wonderful painting in front of you! It is intricate, detailed, a painstaking labor of devotion and love! The colors are like no other, they swim and leap, they trickle and embellish! And yet you choose to fixate your eyes on the small fly which has landed on it! Why do you do such a thing?”—C. JoyBell C.

“Whenever we hear an opinion and believe it, we make an agreement, and it becomes part of our belief system.”—Miguel Ruiz

“When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest.”—Stephen King

The Hall of Meaning

Explore these essays on critical thinking and its deeper meaning.

The Critical Thinker: Critical Thinking

Criticalthinking,org: Defining Critical Thinking

Philosophy.hku.hk: Think Critical

Insight Assessment: What & Why

Todd Finley (from Edutopia): Critical Thinking Pathways

The Hall of Infographics

Enjoy these superb critical thinking infographics from the best on the Web.

Courtesy of: Mentoring Minds










The Hall of Lectures

‘How’ to Think, Not ‘What’ to Think—Jesse Richardson

Schools Kill Creativity—Ken Robinson

Knowledgeable to Knowledge-able—Michael Wesch

Richard Feynman on Problem Solving

I-Squared Project Based Learning in Elementary School 

The Power of Student-Driven Learning—Shelley Wright TED Talk

Allow Students to Do the Impossible—Aaron Donaghy

The Hall of Play

What If?—A website dedicated to solving the most “pressing” questions

Lateral Thinking Puzzles—Rinkworks

More Lateral Thinking Puzzles—Folj.com

So concludes the virtual tour of our online museum honouring critical thinking definitions. You know more about its history, meaning, interpretations, and practice. We also saw examples of how critical thinking is being utilized in classes through real-world project based learning. We even had a little fun with some lateral puzzles to get us to think critically. Thanks for taking the tour!


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