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Mind Over Matter: Critical Thinking Skills

Author(s): Bunnie Loree Claxton, Dawn Cobb-Fossnes

Edition: 1

Copyright: 2022

Pages: 292

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Mind Over Matter: Critical Thinking Skills is curriculum written to teach students the skills they need to collect data, analyze data, search for facts, and think for themselves. Students are bombarded with information, much of which is inaccurate, misleading, and even hurtful. This curriculum is designed to teach students to think critically and make wise decisions based on evidence.

Students will learn through The Five R’s as they:
Receive information,
Research information,
Restructure their thinking based on the new information,
Respond to the information, and
Reflect on the experience.

These five critical steps will help students learn to:

  • think independently
  • work collaboratively
  • conduct practical research
  • collect data
  • analyze data
  • understand themselves
  • learn problem-solving strategies
  • respond appropriately
  • resolve conflict
  • learn social norms
  • listen to others point of view
  • practice acceptable social media etiquette
  • make wise decisions based on evidence
  • practice reflective thinking


Both the teacher’s edition and the consumable student workbook are presented using a step-by-step approach. Both are printed in full color and are spiral bound for an attractive and functional presentation.

Chapter 1: Know Yourself

Lesson Titles

Lesson 1: Who Am I?

Lesson 2: Family Dynamics

Lesson 3: Choose Your Friends

Lesson 4: Respect

Lesson 5: My Life Plan

Chapter 2: Communication

Lesson Titles

Lesson 1: Listen Up

Lesson 2: Active Listener

Lesson 3: Eye Contact

Lesson 4: Facial Expressions

Lesson 5: Body Language

Lesson 6: Tone of Voice

Lesson 7: Verbal Communication

Lesson 8: Public Speaking

Chapter 3: Collaboration

Lesson Titles

Lesson 1: Synergy

Lesson 2: Be a Leader

Lesson 3: Social Media Analysis

Lesson 4: Social Media Manners

Lesson 5: Brainstorming

Lesson 6: Service Project

Chapter 4: Truth Detector

Lesson Titles

Lesson 1: Identifying Fake News

Lesson 2: Social Media Mayhem

Lesson 3: Article Analysis

Lesson 4: Photo Analysis

Chapter 5: Quality Questions

Lesson Titles

Lesson 1: Great Questions

Lesson 2: Disagreement Dialogue

Lesson 3: Image Investigation

Lesson 4: Reading Realization

Chapter 6: Decisions, Decisions

Lesson Titles

Lesson 1: Making Decisions

Lesson 2: Teen Brain

Lesson 3: Influencers

Lesson 4: Value Verdicts

Lesson 5: Avoiding Mistakes

Lesson 6: Mending Mistakes

Lesson 7: Problem-Solving

Lesson 8: Personal Problems

Chapter 7: Teamwork

Lesson Titles

Lesson 1: Take a Stand

Lesson 2: Team Player

Lesson 3: Team Building

Lesson 4: Peer Challenge

Chapter 8: Critical Thinking

Lesson Titles

Lesson 1: Review and Reinforce

  • Know Yourself
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Truth Detector
  • Quality Questions
  • Decisions, Decisions
  • Teamwork

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Bunnie Loree Claxton

Dr. Bunnie L. Claxton, Ed.D., is the Director of Applied Research at Liberty University. She is an associate professor at Liberty University and Colorado Christian University. She has 25 years of experience in the field of education, including public, private, homeschool, and higher education. She has developed multiple graduate-level courses, chaired dissertations, served as a research methodologist, subject matter expert, and instructional mentor to professors. Her scholarly publications include A Step-by-Step Guide to Applied Research in Education, A Step-by-Step Guide to Qualitative Research in Education, A Step-by-Step Guide to Quantitative Research in Education, A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Literature Review in Doctoral Research, and Planning, Writing, and Implementing IEPs: A Christian Approach; she has also served as a contributing author for two additional books. Dr. Claxton served as the Superintendent for Liberty University Online Academy, an online K-12 school with over 6,000 students.

Dawn Cobb-Fossnes

Dr. Dawn M. Cobb-Fossnes, Ed.D., has been in the field of education since 1980 as a high-school math teacher, guidance counselor, and principal. She currently is an adjunct professor at Liberty University and a middle-school principal at a charter school. Having worked both in private and public schools, she has also been a workshop speaker at several teacher conferences and the co-founder of a private school that included international students. In addition, she is the founder of Melody Ministries, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides a free week of camp for underprivileged boys and girls.

Dawn’s vision and mission has been to help young people become the best they can be, so she recognizes the importance of teaching them to become critical thinkers.

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