“Not everything that can be counted counts; and not everything that counts can be counted.” ~Albert Einstein
Critical thinking can be developed in number of ways like making it a regular habit, by intentional analysis of any situation or by converting it into the habit. Inculcating strategic and analytical thinking in the habit would help in developing critical thinking skills.
Education too plays a vital role in the development of this skill as it also involves logical thinking and reasoning. The areas that require the process of collecting and evaluating information before jumping on to the conclusion involves critical thinking as well. Brainstorming and triggering the mind to think would also contribute in the development of critical thinking skills.
Now-a-days, critical thinking has become important in many professions to carry out the work efficiently, like engineering, research, critics and nursing. So, teaching critical thinking skills should be integrated in the curriculum right from schools for children to training sessions for professionals. Here are some of the basic critical thinking skills exercises.
 Puzzles & Riddles
 Optical Illusions & Brain Teasers
 Interactive Activities and Sessions
 Creative Writing
For example, the training methods involved in critical thinking in nursing are different from that of engineering because of the different sets of requirements for the job. These skills should be inculcated in an individual right from childhood, as they will be required at every stage in later life, be it personal or professional.
Megha Tiwari also contributed to this article.