An Introduction to The Fundamentals of Critical Thinking & the Art of Instruction
This workshop will introduce the basic components of critical thinking, ways to build those components into the design of what you teach, and ways to make that design effective.
Critical thinking is should not be thought of as something additional to content, but rather as integral to it. This workshop, therefore, focuses on teaching students to learn not random bits and pieces of information, but systems, organized networks of concepts, active modes of thinking.
- form a basic concept of critical thinking, understanding why it is essential to the mastery of content and effective day-to-day problem solving
- form a basic concept of the affective and cognitive principles & strategies essential to critical teaching
- practice using critical thinking in the solution of some everyday problems as well as in the redesign of instructional units
The session will begin with a general introduction to critical thinking and to its significance, not only to the academic, but also to the vocational and personal success of students. Participants can also expect hands-on learning opportunities during which small group activities are used to illustrate the application of various dimensions of critical thinking strategies to instruction as well as to personal life.
Specific topics that will be covered include: the intellectual standards essential to in-depth, higher-order learning; the basic vocabulary of critical thinking; the micro-skills and macro-abilities of critical thinking; the importance of precision in language usage; how to question students Socratically; how to design assignments, activities, and tests that require critical thinking; and how to assess critical thinking skills and abilities.