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Critical thinking is the process of analyzing, synthesizing, evaluating, and applying information. Creative thinking is the ability to look at ideas and problems in new, original ways or with a fresh perspective. Together, critical and creative thinking provide students with a toolbox of skills they can use whenever they encounter problems, unfamiliar information, and new ideas.
At Self Development Academy (SDA), we believe critical and creative thinking are essential skills in the new information age and will be increasingly important in the classrooms and careers of tomorrow. That’s why we focus on developing reason, logic, resourcefulness, imagination, innovation, and other critical and creative thinking skills in our students, so they can become more confident, capable, and autonomous problem solvers in school and in their lives after.
Advanced logic and critical thinking programs help SDA students understand not only what is going on but why it is so, and to be able to ask the right questions to get to the heart of any matter. Students also learn how to examine, evaluate, disassemble, and reassemble information and ideas in new and creative ways in order to develop a deep understanding of any subject.
Critical and creative thinking skills are introduced into the curriculum starting with our youngest students, and progressively get more challenging as students progress through middle school. In Kindergarten, students are exposed to logic puzzles and foundational aspects of logical thinking. By 6th grade, students learn about logical fallacies and problematic argumentation (informal logic) as well as propositional and categorial logic (formal logic); by 8th grade, they learn philosophy.
Students at all grade levels develop good habits of the mind for generating ideas and solving problems. They encourage all possibilities, use affirmative judgment (constructive feedback), are deliberate and intentional, consider novelty, and evaluate choices equally. In short, they apply all of the critical and creative thinking skills they learn at SDA in pursuit of truth, knowledge, and success.
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