“If I have seen further it is by standing on ye shoulders of Giants” by Isacc Newton.
We don’t have to re-invent the wheel to create a great post.
When writing blogs, we use a lot of critical thinking skills.
These skills include;
When we use these skills we gather information to increase the understanding of a topic or problem discussed in our blogs.
We research carefully information based on our observations, reasoning, experiences, and reflection just to name a few.
When opening the doors of critical thinking we are forming and shaping our opinion based on our own belief systems.
In order to add a unique yet persuasive argument in our blogs, there are ways to be continually creative. Everyday(automatic) thinking is not critical thinking. When daily decisions are governed by automatic thinking we can run into problems. If we take time and evaluate the problem then we can correct any errors and offer solutions.
By offering the reader an observation in a blog, we are offering the reader a solution to a problem. Using these methods will take you beyond the superficial. Here are a couple of ways to do this with your topics
- Look at the problem in reverse – is it the chicken or the egg. What caused the issue? Where did the issue start?
- Be aware of your own bias, mental processes, or mood.
- Evaluate your existing evidence – Who is it from? Why did they write it? Is it based on fact?
- Question any assumptions made about the topic or research material.
- And finally, create your own opinion about the subject matter.
There is no need to reinvent the wheel and developing new concepts and research. Gather as much information on the topic as the need to make a fair assessment of the lay of the land, so to speak. Then critically evaluate the information using my 5 suggestions. This will help you develop and practice those critical thinking skills.
There is another skill that is useful for writing and creates a reliable thought process when solving a problem while you are using the critical thinking process. Thes two elements can be used in tandem.
Creating Your Own Thoughts.
Self-sufficiency starts with controlling our thoughts and thought processes. This also goes hand in hand with progressing to an autonomise life and shaping the life you want for yourself. This can be done and takes practice. Let’s start with this exercise.
Have you ever had a day when your mind is all over the place?
When you do this deep breathing exercise, your mind can not wonder.
Deep breathing brings you into “the present” and focuses your mind.
8 Steps to Calm and Focus The Mind
- Find a quiet place to sit. Don’t lie down, you’ll fall asleep.
- Close your eyes and take 10 deep breaths. Clear your mind with every thought.
- If your mind wonders, continue deep breathing until you are ready. This can take up to 10 minutes. If you are stressed it can take more time.
- With a clear mind, ask your self a question, on a topic that is bothering you. For example, it might be ” Am I going to get my goals achieved?”.
- Pause and wait for your mind to respond. Usually, there is no reply to a statement.
- If a negative response comes back “Pause” and then ask then
- Ask yourself “What is it I need?”. For me, my mind says patience and help.
- Ask this again up to 5 times.
By the end of this exercise, you should have a focused response. By doing the breathing exercise, you will have answered the problem you seek to resolve for yourself.
I have practiced this exercise for 10 years and it works every time. This is how I solve my personal problems. Everything we need in life, we already have.
Last night I was frustrated with not moving forward fast enough. I centered myself on this breathing exercise and now have a strategy to remedy the problem.
I went to “Airtasker” which is an Australian app to contract out small jobs. I got 40 responses to help me write 10 x 1000 word blogs on topics of my choice.
Rational thought is a theoretical and emotional method that involves research, appraisal, and change based on new circumstances and parameters, the efficient and non-partisan implementation of reasoning methods requiring close review and testing in the course of gaining knowledge.
Critical thought, as described by Munzur seriously calls for significance, knowledge interpretation, and analysis. Some of the fields of the study emphasized by the education system in different countries are analytical thinking capabilities that improve individuals’ capacity to understand and view the activities and situations of the environment and their spheres.
For this cause, all cultures, particularly through educational structures, seek to raise people who have the expertise, information, problem-solving expertise, and communicating capacity. They are inquisitors, questioners, logical thinkers, receptive, and participatory.
The definition of ‘critique’ is also found in our daily lives, and how to critique should be carried on through this world as one of the higher-order thought skills. This thought process also requires a collection of real, transferable, and observable strengths and skills. This is used as an ability that can be learned and built to systematically teach critical thinking; it updates by study results. Rational thinking ability is a skill that people of all ages are taught, and in particular, teachers are the most important influences in the schooling of this ability.
To prepare people who can think objectively, we all need to learn analytical thinking, to develop the capacity to do it and to be educated in this way throughout life. Since the trained instructor should have skills for thought, challenging and opposing, generating and being open to new ideas, as well as expertise and skills needed in the subject area as well as in the pedagogical competence of the profession. In this regard, the acquisition of the skills of critical thought by future students gives them an ability, by shaping their academic growth, to explore and grow their own potential.