Assess – What skills do they have? 2016-06-27T17:53:38+00:00

What about your child? How developed are their critical skills?

As a parent or teacher, how can you figure out where your child is now in terms of these skills? What if you could go through a simple assessment for each of these skills and find out?

Guide to Critical Thinking by Melisa Robison, Flicker 6909809273

Guide to Critical Thinking Melisa Robison, Flicker 6909809273

Critical Thinking – in groups at school, ‘when speaking, reading, writing, blogging, living’

This rubric, created by teacher and professional development trainer Jen Jones, gives an easy way to wrap your head around what Critical Thinking (and communication skills, possibly collaboration, ideation?) looks like when a student can practice it. What number would you give your student? What number do you think their teacher(s) would give?

Level 1

  • Does not contribute to the conversation
  • Does not share their opinion or not sure of their opinion or ideas
  • Does not agree or disagree with others and/or authors
  • Writes brief responses without justifications

Level 2

  • Answers questions and/or gives opinions but cannot justify or give evidence
  • Agrees or disagrees with others/author but cannot tell why
  • Speaks or writes using incomplete thought and/or sentences – so others have a difficult time following the line of thinking
  • Writes or blogs using incorrect punctuation, grammar, incomplete sentences.

Level 3

  • Agrees or disagrees with others and can communicate why
  • Justifies opinions with evidence
  • Speaks in complete thoughts so others can follow the line of thinking
  • Writes in complete sentences and uses good grammar, punctuation
  • Oral and written contributions make the conversation richer and more interesting

Level 4

  • Justifies opinions with reasons and/or text based evidence.
  • Agrees or disagrees with others and communicates why
  • Keeps the conversation going by asking open-ended questions of others and authors
  • Speaks and writes with good grammar, punctuation so others can understand


What number would you give your child? I expect it depends on their age, their confidence, your exposure to their school work, and the topic! (If my son is working on a coding or Minecraft project, he’s a 3, but in other situations he’s a 2).