Critical Thinking Lesson

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“If today’s students want to compete in this global society, they must be proficient communicators, creators, critical thinkers, and collaborators" - National Education Association

Critical Thinking Lesson Commentary

The above quote sums up why modifying lessons to target higher order thinking strategies when warranted, will enhance student learning. From my examples below, you can see that it does not take much effort to modify lessons that target higher order thinking principles.

Topic: Gatekeeping in Today’s Society

Original Lesson

OVERVIEW While exploring the Gatekeeping Theory associated with media communications, students will gain a better understanding of the benefits and pitfalls associated with this process. Upon relating this to current day practices, how has social media affected the traditional media outlets and the Gatekeeping process? The following learning objective for the lesson required students to explain their viewpoint regarding the influence of social media on the traditional gatekeeping process. This lesson was intended as a F2F class experience. The information presented would have been in lecture format with the article reviewed during the class session with class discussion following. The lesson targets Bloom’s Remember/Understanding elements and as indicated in the lesson objective, requires a written paper for student assessment.
Learning Objective
After reading the article on Media Gatekeeping the student will explain the impact social media has, if any, on the traditional media outlets and the Gatekeeping process in a 250-500 word report by achieving at least 80% in the rubric.
Resources: Lesson Plan | Lesson Rubric

Modified Lesson

OVERVIEW The modification of the lesson included adaptation to an online environment with assigned reading. While exploring the Gatekeeping Theory associated with media communications, students will gain a better understanding of the benefits and pitfalls associated with this process. Upon relating this to current day practices, how has social media affected the traditional media outlets and the Gatekeeping process? The instructional methodology indicated only independent learning. As a result, the student will read the material then create a video presentation depicting their viewpoints on the topic. This modified lesson targets a synthesis of the learned material by asking the student to create a video project. This activity will allow the student to go beyond explaining their viewpoint and include visual media to enhance their ability to defend their opinion. The addition of video will allow the student to record their voice, add visuals and synthesize the elements of this project into a coherent viewpoint.
Learning Objective
After reading the article on Media Gatekeeping and given instruction on web 2.0 tools, the student will create a video presentation on the impact social media has, if any, on the traditional media outlets and the Gatekeeping process by achieving at least 80% in the rubric.
Resources: Lesson Plan With Resources Listed