Best Teaching Practices

Critical Thinking: The Believing & Doubting Game

Decorative: "Belief" and "Doubt" written on two street signs as at a corner


A. "Build Critical Thinking Skills with Believing and Doubting Games" (post) outlines "[o]ne excellent way to help students stretch their critical thinking muscles – regarding specific texts or general topics ... the believing game and the doubting game."

  • "[B]y using methodological doubt and methodological belief, students are encouraged to either believe or doubt an idea or text systematically, with discipline and conscious effort."

1. How the Believing and Doubting Games Work

7 Ready-to-Go Critical & Creative Thinking Activities

A process chart showing show critical & creative thinking are complementary: Analyze the problem (critical), brainstorm solutions (creative), evaluate solutions & choose one (critical), innovate the solution (creative), critique the solution (critical), make improvements (creative), implement the solution (critical)


"Thinking Creatively and Critically" (post) lists ready-to-use "examples of creative and critical thinking tasks you can easily incorporate into your course -- any course, on any subject -- that should require relatively little time to prepare and grade and not much expertise (if you're worried about your own creative and thinking skills)."

Teaching Students to Take Better Notes

Decorative: A notebook in which is written, "Take note: If you don't take notes, your idea will get lost."


"Teaching Students to Take Better Notes" (post) outlines several practical strategies instructors can use to hel[p] students master note-taking that "focus[es] [student] attention, promotes more thorough elaboration of ideas, and encourages efforts to relate ideas and organize materials ... [as well as] process information more deeply."

1. "Outline Your Lectures/Use Transition Phrases"

"Be overt in the organization of your lecture, both orally and visually. "

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