Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom

Teaching Critical Thinking Practical Wisdom In Teaching Critical Thinking renowned cultural critic and progressive educator bell hooks addresses some of the most compelling issues facing teachers in and out of the classroom today In a series o

  • Title: Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom
  • Author: bell hooks
  • ISBN: 9786612315251
  • Page: 101
  • Format: ebook
  • In Teaching Critical Thinking, renowned cultural critic and progressive educator bell hooks addresses some of the most compelling issues facing teachers in and out of the classroom today.In a series of short, accessible, and enlightening essays, hoo

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    1. I really like bell hooks – she is so clear and passionate. While these aren’t the only qualities one needs, they really do go a long way to having me forgive a multitude of other sins. My reading relationship with Malcolm Gladwell is a case in point; although needless to say, I feel I have far more in common with bell than with Malcolm.And this is such a lovely book about things I’ve been thinking a lot about for quite some time. One of the main things that student teachers worry about is [...]

    2. I read this for selfish reasons and am so glad that I did. I needed a refresher in terms of my approach to teaching and more than that, I needed to hear from a black, female intellectual (one who does not apologize for being any of these things) that has instructed at a predominately white college and in a way that prepares her students to be true learners rather than regurgitators of information who are passive listeners (which is academically gross btw). I get two weeks a year to prepare black [...]

    3. bell hooks is my intellectual crush. She's has the awesome ability to blend progressive ideas, complex theory, good-will, feminism, love of self, and love of learning in all that she has written. Meeting her at an NCTE conference several years ago continues to be an indelible memory in my journey as a thinker, feminist, teacher and man. That she even seemed to be flirting with me as we conversed (at least the complete stranger sitting next to me thought so) stands as a bit of justification that [...]

    4. What I like about this book is that it shed light on the importance of emotion and relationship in education at the same time as encouraging critical thinking. Many personal stories are shared to illustrate hooks ideas, so her ideas are very easy to relate to.

    5. p.2 – Imagine what it is like to be taught by a teacher who does not believe you are fully human. Imagine what it is like to be taught by teachers who do believe that they are racially superior, and who feel that they should not have to lower themselves by teaching students whom they really believe are incapable of learning. p.14 – Nowadays, most students simply assume that living in a democratic society is their birthright; they do not believe they must work to maintain democracy. [] They d [...]

    6. Teaching critical reading isn't the substance that I personally expected, but the logic augmented between the lines was plausible. There was a lot of racial justice in this one, but I preferred a book that speaks directly about critical thinking rather than racial injustice. What's with the world and justice? Stop fighting for it, and live a decent life; maybe then we'll have a chance at really donating justice to our fellow mates. It's like people fight so much for a win; and they never actuall [...]

    7. I've been thinking a lot about several different topics in this book, the hierarchy between myself and the young people I work with, compassion, the place of love in my work, building trust. bell hooks seemed to read my mind and address all of these issues, and more. Here are a few of my favorite quotes"To honor a teacher with reverence does not require subordination. In a democratic society where there is so much emphasis on equality, there is a tendency to forget that inequality does not neces [...]

    8. bell hooks writing in this book makes me feel pretty darn inspired. so many beautiful nuggets.i think its particularly helpful while you're in some kind of structured program. which i am. and its suited for folks who already have tons of reading, because the chapters are only a few pages.i will admit some chapters fall flat for me in comparison to others. favorites so far though the crying chapter, the discussion about what it means to be a critical thinker, the democratic education chapter, the [...]

    9. I think that this is probably not the ideal place to begin my reading of bell hooks. I guess that this is what happens when you realize one day that you have somehow become a grown up person who calls herself a feminist without reading any bell hooks, and so you hop over to and grab the first couple of Kindle titles that sound interesting. Not that this is a bad book by any means. If you do any sort of teaching (and I still do quite a lot of teaching even though "teacher" or "instructor" appear [...]

    10. The title of this book is Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom. Don't know where the Plantation Culture bit comes from. The copyright is for 2010, so maybe it will change, as it is only 2009. Hooks is a critical race theorist, but I think she is much more than that. Her issues confront race, gender, and class. I liked her ideas of having students write a paragraph and share that writing with others almost every day. It is about helping students with finding their voice.

    11. I read this as a part of a teaching assistant position to a sociology class where I had to do other work such as lessons and facilitating conversation. I loved mostly every reading and found each chapter to be relevant in my personal life, my academic career, and my life as an activist. Some of my favorite chapters were on empathy, critical thinking, and talking sex through the lens or Audre Lorde's conceptualization of eroticism as a liberatory practice.

    12. I love bell hooks, but if you want her on education, then Teaching To Transgress is your jam. Lots of repetition from that book to this one, with only moderate elaboration and a few new ideas brought in. But it's still worth a read.

    13. helps me to re-focus my teaching and remember why i do what i do with all it's challengesmeone walked away with my book at a teaching seminar, so not able to finish reading this fabulous book. guess that person really needed it.

    14. bell hooks is bae, seriously, i love how she thinks and how she conveys her thoughts. The teachings are interesting, clear and well written. I and sure that even though they are mostly about teaching they will also help me as a student. I'm super glad to have read this and can't wait for the next!

    15. This book was assigned reading in one of my classes for my master's in education. I loved it and have tried to adopt much of what hooks espouses (from teaching students to make their voices heard to teaching them to think critically to showing them the love and respect they deserve) into my own classroom.

    16. A nice updated collection of bell hook's thoughts on the interplay between teaching, radical thought, and denominator culture. Not always transparent or easy to connect essay to essay, but has a lot to chew on.

    17. Most probably a step forward, the book is dated and quite limited in concepts. The first pages turn in circles around the concept of democracy, without any hint of understanding, just swimming in propaganda. Democracy is not another word for the toxic concept of purity from christianity. Democracy simply means mob rule: the people, both smart and stupid, informed and uninformed, all getting one vote. So the ability of critical thinking starts on a dubious base.A second read and the bad image tur [...]

    18. I skipped Teaching Community because I couldn't find it at the library, so I am reading the trilogy a little out of order, but this book, as all of hooks' books, are easy to follow and welcoming, but still demanding. Teaching Critical Thinking is set up differently from Teaching to Transgress in that she wrote commentaries to answer specific questions people had about teaching in general and her teaching, a choice which shows her commitment to conversation, to love, and to listening. The book de [...]

    19. I always go to bell hooks for practical, powerful wisdom about openness in the classroom.I like to engage the minds and hearts of students by doing simple writing exercises, sentence completions. We might all write a spontaneous paragraph beginning with a phrase like “my most courageous moment happened when…” Or we might bring a small object to class and all write a short paragraph about its value and importance. (20)When students learn about one another through the sharing of experience, [...]

    20. About 30 brief essays on topics ranging from Engaged Pedagogy to Spirituality to Conflict. This book, however, does not lend itself to mass consumption. Right off the bat, Hooks drops you into the world of imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy, and I suspect those without a certain amount of preparation will be put off by it. Also, Hooks writes from the perspective of a college professor, so the lower the grade level, the less this may resonate, with the exception of Hooks' chapter [...]

    21. bell hooks is a prolific author who writes on a wide range of topics for teaching to feminism to racism to sexuality to critical thinking and beyond. This book is a collection of 32 essays (or teachings as she calls them) answering many of the questions that have been posed to here by readers and listeners over the years. While some of the essay are insightful and brilliant, others seem to rehearse old arguments. hooks knows she has a following and this book is really written to that group and s [...]

    22. Largely a sequel to her earlier text on teaching, Teaching to Transgress, Teaching Critical thinking largely explores similar themes as the earlier text, although with less emphasis on the concept of multi-culturalism, which had become a less significant framework by the time of the publication of this book. It's largely a quick and informal read, with a focus on hooks' reflections on her experience as a teacher and as a student. There is a little overlap with the earlier book, but there is stil [...]

    23. Had a few more generalizations than I would have preferred, but at the same time hooks is always open about the fact that she's drawing from her personal experience. Would highly recommend to friends interested in teaching or higher education. Found it generally instructive in terms of how to have healthy, productive/constructive conversations from places of difference, especially difference related to gender and blackness/whiteness - would recommend it to anyone for this reason, especially as i [...]

    24. Building off the first two other books, hooks continues to explore key ideas, experiences and struggles in the teaching profession, humanizing the student and the professor alike and advocating for practices motivated by love and compassion for a deeper and richer learning experience by all parties present in and out of the classroom. Slightly repetitive of past essays.

    25. bell hooks is often quoted in my department. I have been teaching for eight years, and while I did not feel like I learned very much from reading this book, that is only because these are already things I try to embrace in my classroom thanks to the awesome teacher community I am surrounded by. This was our 2014 department summer read.

    26. bell hooks, we can move mountains if we keep after it. If you teach, I hope you read this. If you work with people, children, teens, adults, I hope you read this. This is the kind of practical wisdom that agitates that we have talk about some issues at all, and the kind of wisdom that gives you hope in the dark.

    27. This book dealt with the issues of race, class and power as critical thinking tools. There are useful insights here, but the author defines the playing ground and tools in a way that forces the reader into an intellectual straight jacket. There is little room for discussion, argument or compromise here.

    28. I really enjoyed the series of short teachings that bell hooks presents in this book. An enjoyable and informative read for anyone who wants to increase student participation and engagement in the classroom.

    29. A powerful, concise book that touches a wide range of topics in a way that is unafraid of majority thinking. It is a reflection of real, heart-felt, learned experience, and a call to challenge those social paradigms that seek to oppress. I highly recommend it.

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