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6 Ways to Foster Critical Thinking for Sanctuary Educators Infographic by Andie Springirth
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Subheader 1: Provide a Framework and Model the Process
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Text Accompanying Image: Model a critical analysis of your own ideas and practices related to farmed animals in front of the folks visiting your sanctuary, and explain the ways in which this changed your thinking and behavior. What kinds of assumptions did you become aware of and how did you contend with them?
Subheader 2: Teach Folks How to Identify Assumptions
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Text Accompanying Image: Have folks point out and question assumptions about animals that are held by outside sources such as other individuals, groups, organizations, books, movies, etc. Examine their assumptions together and help folks separate hard facts from misleading claims.
Subheader 3: Let Folks Reflect on Their Own Ideas and Practices
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Text Accompanying Image: As you ask folks to reflect critically on their own ideas and practices related to farmed animals, refrain from judging anyone. Instead, encourage and celebrate the process! Thinking critically is hard work!
Subheader 4: Foster Empathy Towards Farmed Animals
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Text Accompanying Image: Fostering empathy towards farmed animals allows folks to participate more fully in the critical thinking process, where they are asked to consider as many different viewpoints as possible prior to coming to a well-grounded conclusion.
Subheader 5: Help Folks Fight Cognitive Fatigue
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Text Accompanying Image: Monotonous mental and physical routines can cause cognitive fatigue and prevent us from thinking critically.You can help folks fight cognitive fatigue by introducing them to new ideas that challenge them to make new connections and see and think about farmed animals in innovative ways.
Subheader 6: Avoid Allostatic Overload
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Text Accompanying Image: Be extra mindful of the rhetoric and imagery you use in your programming. Eliciting too much negative emotion for too long through distressing content can hinder the critical thinking process. You can avoid allostatic overload by helping folks remain as calm as possible throughout your programming.
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