He often received writing responses that were a simple sentence and he was struggling to empower his students to push their thinking further.
Essentially, it helps students slow down and realize which data they are taking into account when they make a decision and how the data they choose is informed by their past experiences.
Assumptions are often made in a split second decision because the brain is wired to prioritize data that confirms the model a person already holds.
“I wanted the kids to realize there is no bad answer,” Watt said.
“There’s just an appropriate answer or a not-quite there answer.” In a training on “integrative thinking” at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Watt finally found the tools he needed to develop students’ critical thinking.
LADDER OF INFERENCE One of the tools Jason Watt learned about in his training is called the ladder of inference.