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Critical Thinking Skills and the Common Core

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Book Clubs are one of my favourite parts of my role, it's great to sit down and chat with the kids and get down to a deeper level. As any teacher will tell you, kids will always surprise you with where their thinking goes and the connections or insights they can make.

Being a Teacher Librarian and Literacy Coordinator has encouraged me to examine the Common Core standards more closely and how it meshes with our library standards, which are a marriage of the  ALA, the ISTE / NETS plus a few others.

 For years I've used good old 'Blooms Taxonomy' to help me with activities for my reading workshop so naturally I used it when planning my books clubs.  As I was perusing the Common Core standards I was rather surprised by how limited the standards were in terms of critical thinking skills. I was running a workshop about books clubs and made a quick keyword chart based on the Blooms Taxonomy Rose and CC standards. What I found was that there were plenty of standards in regards …