Cody Perry: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

For me, the one of the biggest things that I tried to impress upon my students is that they really have to be critical thinkers and problem solvers, and we talk about how I’m not talk, you know, I’m not referring to math problems, per se. I’m talking about when you come up to an obstacle, you know, what steps can you take to overcome that obstacle to go around it, whatever? Because I’ve noticed and again, it’s not just here, it’s everywhere. I’ve been in the country. And I think part of it is the way we’ve taught things is we raise our hand, the teacher gives us an answer. It’s always right there. We can always get it. But in real life, that’s that’s not how life works. You have to dig. You have to find your answer. And. Like, you know, I’ll even have people, you know, I help them with their computers and things over the years and, you know, always that, you know, how would you get good at computers ? Google, I mean, I literally when I came to a problem, I would Google and I would start reading about different, you know, computer applications and basically learn, I said, your job as a teacher, there’s going to be a lot of things that pop up that I mean, for your program, we teach you as much as we can . But it’s only a fraction of the things you’re going to deal with as a teacher, so you have to be good at solving those problems, finding answers on your own, but then you teach your students how to do that as well. But on top of that, you have it has to be you have to be a. Have a critical eye with any information that you get. And I think we I mean, we see that now with people on social media, they hear something and they they run with it and they just take it as truth. And you know what? I tell my students, you can’t do that. You have to look at where that information is coming from. And and so even with the success piece, I, you know, some of the questions that they had that. Just really kind of. I mean, this is from a previous year, so I’m hoping it’s gotten better. But there’s a question that was on a standardized test says which of the following had the most significant impact on the transformation of some Native American groups, from nomadic to sedentary peoples. Now. When I read that. I mean, I know what they’re going with, but it’s the language that bothers me because Weiss of entry. I mean that to me, in my mind, when I hear that, I think lazy. I think you’re sitting around watching TV, something like that. It should be. Why were they from nomadic to agricultural? Or, you know, how did they go from nomadic to staying in one place? There’s so many better ways of putting that than in the very next question. It’s Flora as an adult who belongs to the Methodist Church, volunteers to help homeless animals spends most weekends with her nieces and nephews and is active in the League of Women Voters, which of the following most likely shaped the values and beliefs she apparently holds as an adult. And so that’s where I tell my students, You have to be, you know, you have to look at those questions because these are the kinds of questions that your students are going to have in some of their tests. And you know, in the book in, you know, materials that the school has bought. And as a teacher, you have to be cognizant of that because I don’t want my student reading. Native Americans are sedentary, while the nice white lady is giving her money and her time and all of this thing, you know, and it’s something that a lot of people, I don’t even think they would necessarily pay attention to, but as teachers, we have to be aware of that because. That’s where a lot of our, you know, bias comes from is seeing them in and just become so common that we read through the question, we mark our answer and we move on. But we have to be critical with those types of things and throw it out if we need to in equity based kinds of issues. Yeah. I appreciate you bringing that up, so that’s on one of the. Well, yeah, it’s there. Dear Texas, there you see six year and I haven’t looked at praxis, but I’m guessing it’s it’s it’s similar. Yeah, so and even and here’s one that is a graph about immigration and like. And maybe I’m, you know, looking too much into it, but like in it, I don’t even know what the what choices were or whatever. But this spike is exactly when the students who are studying right now here, they’re in that spike. And it makes me wonder if that I mean, maybe it’s a coincidence. Maybe it’s just a data analysis, but. It’s too coincidental for me, it’s saying we’ll look at how many. Immigrants we have here and so and.

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