New Book Gives Teenagers 21st Century Skills for Personal, Academic and Career Success
Denver, CO â€“ December 1, 2010 â€“ LifeBound, the company dedicated to student success, announced the release of Critical and Creative Thinking for Teenagers, available on Amazon.com and Lifebound.com.
Tony Wagner, Harvard-based education expert, cites critical thinking and problem-solving as two leading skills U.S. students must master to close the global achievement gap. LifeBoundâ€™s new book helps students develop these higher level thinking skills by using cross disciplinary examples and hands-on activities to illustrate the critical thinking and problem-solving involved in compelling science innovations, engineering feats, and humanitarian advocacy.
â€œRecent headlines report teen suicides triggered by social media blunders, high student credit card debt, and binge drinking in epic proportionsâ€”all pointing to teenagersâ€™ need for greater critical thinking skills,â€ says LifeBound president, Carol Carter. â€œAnd in a challenging economy, the students armed with creative thinking skills will be better able to launch innovations and new companies that will drive the 21st century economy.â€
However, lessons for slowing down, thinking through options, imagining solutions, weighing consequences, and evaluating actions are often neglected in current resources. In response, Critical and Creative Thinking for Teenagers gives teens easy-to-use strategies for:
- Improving observation skills.
- Developing question asking abilities.
- Analyzing information by comparing, contrasting and connecting ideas.
- Piquing curiosity and stimulating the imagination.
- Evaluating options, decisions and outcomes.
This interactive book includes skill building activities that both challenge studentsâ€™ thinking, while calling on them to contemplate some of the worldâ€™s greatest problems. Classroom curriculum that accompanies the book is also available. â€œYour materials are right on targetâ€¦and truly captivate the students,â€ says high school teacher, Rebecca Mendoza.
LifeBound was founded in 2000 by Carol Carter, a student success expert whoâ€™s written over 20 books on college and career success. LifeBound works nationally and internationally with students, teachers, administrators and parents to help students transition throughout their academic years and to succeed in school, career andÂ life.