CoRT 1 Breadth Thinking Tools …
A robust critical thinking tool kit for your faculty,
administrators, board members, and students Ages 8-Adult
straightforward, ingenious, and quite easy to apply. Intelligence can be
taught with CoRT." --David Perkins, Ph.D
Did you know educators
around the world have been learning, teaching, and applying de Bono's
CoRT Thinking Tools since the mid 1970's with great success; that they
lay the foundation for effective critical thinking?
Read the introduction here.
There are 10 quick
critical thinking tools in this tool kit.
Let's take a look:
Critical Thinking Tools
Learn to become an
excellent lifelong thinker.
Think of a person setting out to learn to be a
carpenter. Each carpenter's tool is designed to
carry out a specific function. The carpenter learns
when and how to use each of the tools one-by-one. A
lot of practice is required to become a skilled
carpenter. Learning to become a skilled thinker is
the same approach: to make the basic operations of
thinking second nature so that they are carried out
automatically, smoothly, and without fuss or effort.
You are going to learn a new vocabulary to help
direct your thinking attention. Each thinking tool
has a name--one word or short acronym that's easy to
remember. For example--CAF is pronounced "caf"
and stands for consider all factors, PMI is
pronounced "p," "m," "i" and stands for Plus, Minus,
- Think using one thinking tool at a time.
- There is no one right order to these
- Use the thinking tools that make sense for
your thinking challenge.
- The tools emphasize thinking as a deliberate
act rather than a reactive one.
- The tools are designed to be used
objectively with an open mind--to broaden
perception instead of defending a particular
You should know more about and have a broader view
of each thinking situation after applying any of
these tools than you had before you started. You
should be more complete in your thinking.
Edward de Bono
Everything You Need to Teach CoRT 1 Breadth Thinking
Tools: for learners aged 8-adult
80850--CoRT Thinking Lessons--CoRT 1 Breadth Thinking
Tools: The Complete Learning, Planning, and Teaching Guide for Teachers,
Administrators, and Home Schoolers, Edward de Bono, 198 pages.
to read the contents and introduction section PDF.
80851 Student Notes CoRT 1 Breadth Thinking Tools: Easy
to Follow Learning Guide for Students Aged 8-Adult, Edward de Bono,
80852 PowerPoint Presentation CoRT 1 Breadth Thinking Tools:
Designed for busy faculty members, and professional development
consultants, this presentation can be used
80853 A Thinker's Journal CoRT 1 Note Paper The Personal
Assistant to Support Excellent Thinking.
80803 CoRT 1 Breadth Thinking Tools Pocket/Wallet Cards--a handy
lifelong reference tool.
70851 Cuaderno de notas para el alumno--Spanish
translation for Student Notes.
A Message from Edward de Bono: CoRT Thinking Lessons have
been taught in schools since the mid 1970s. They have since become the
most widely used school materials for the direct teaching of thinking as
a basic skill worldwide.
All of this experience has contributed to developing CoRT Thinking
- Are practical and hands-on in nature.
- Can be taught as a separate subject--thinking skills--or
embedded in existing curriculum to strengthen student learning and
develop independent thinkers.
- Are focused on equipping students to become effective,
open-minded thinkers--critical, creative, constructive, and
- Address the increasing interest and recognition for the need to
teach thinking as a basic skill along with reading, writing, and
mathematics; the traditional basics.
Can be used in a wide variety of situations from
schools in disadvantaged areas to elite schools to students being
- Appeal to a wide range of ages (6-adult) and abilities (IQs of
It used to be felt that a person with a high IQ would naturally be an
effective thinker. This doesn't seem to be the case. Some people with
high IQs turn out to be relatively ineffective thinkers. Some people
with much more humble IQs turn out to be more effective thinkers. Here
is my definition of thinking:
Thinking: "The operational
skill with which intelligence acts upon experience."
For example, if IQ is equivalent to the
horsepower of a car then thinking skill is equivalent to driving skill.
Just because a car has huge horsepower doesn't mean the car will be
driven well. It takes a skilled driver.
This important realization has led many schools for the
exceptionally gifted to teach CoRT Thinking Lessons as a
deliberate attempt to help their gifted students avoid the "intelligence
trap" which occurs when a high IQ is not accompanied by effective
The general method used is what I call the "glasses
method." If you have poor eyesight you cannot see the world clearly.
With glasses you can see the world more clearly. As a result your
actions can be more appropriate and you behavior more effective.
Experience has shown that students who learn these thinking tools
develop a much broader view of situations. They are more complete in
Edward de Bono
CoRT Thinking Lessons
- Make a great professional development event for faculty,
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- Challenge “gifted” students and strengthen “remedial” students.
- Equip students with practical tools to become excellent
lifelong thinkers--creative, constructive, critical, and productive.
- Helps students learn to think things through before acting.
- Enable schools to infuse the teaching of thinking across all age and
- Help develop specific thinking skills to improve performance in all
- Help to improve yearly assessment scores.
- Provide structured discussion tools for group work.
- Strengthen MBA student performance.
- Are perfect to equip administrators, faculty, and board
members needing to resolve challenging education issues in new ways
with tight budgets.
The CoRT Thinking Program
- CoRT is broken into 6 segments of 10 lessons each. Each lesson teaches a
new thinking tool.
- CoRT 1 Breadth Thinking Lessons are taught first. Next, you can
teach the segment that
best meets students’ needs, or you can teach the whole program systematically.
- The lessons follow the same format for consistency.
- Practice topics are provided that help students learn how each
- Once students learn each tool teachers are encouraged to assign
relevant thinking topics of their own design.
CoRT 1: Breadth—helps students broaden perception—they should know
more about each thinking situation after using the tools than they knew
before they started.
CoRT 2: Organization—gives students a variety of tools to organize their
CoRT 3: Interaction—helps students observe the thinking involved in
arguments, how a point of view is presented or defended, and the value
and types of evidence.
CoRT 4: Creativity—students learn tools to generate fresh new solutions
CoRT 5: Information and Feeling—tools to separate emotions from
CoRT 6: Action—begins with the purpose and ends with specific action
steps for the implementation of the outcome of thinking.