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School of Education


Education: Elementary/Middle


problem solving, critical thinking, inclusion


Teaching critical thinking and problem solving skills in any classroom is crucial to the success of the students in that classroom. Students need to learn these skills at an early age to be academically and professionally successful in the future. In an inclusion classroom, these skills are even more important for the academic future of every general and special education student. First, teachers must understand the definition of problem solving and critical thinking skills and what these skills look like in an elementary classroom. Then, teachers need to learn different strategies to teach both of these crucial skills in a general and a special education classroom. Lastly, teachers should combine those strategies and try many of them in the classroom. Research in several educational journals and from a variety of gifted teachers shows the variety of strategies to work the best in inclusion and general education classrooms all over the country.