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Critical Thinking Workshop
Date / Time
January 28 - 29, 2020
St. Andrew's Schools
Participant Fee
Snacks and Lunch Included!
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 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.

Participants Will
  • 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.
Presenter Information 
Dr. Brian Barnes holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Humanities and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Louisville. Barnes is a veteran of the US Army, along with other non-academic careers, and currently teaches face-to-face and online classes at several universities in traditional philosophy topics, along with courses in sustainability, critical thinking, and Japanese sword practice. He has co-authored articles examining critical thinking strategies and tactics for the National Teaching and Learning Forum and is the author of the textbook, The Central Question: Critical Engagement with Business Ethics(2013). Barnes co-hosts the weekly radio show, Critical Thinking for Everyone!, on 106.5 Forward Radio in Louisville, and he also created the critical thinking comic book series, Adventures in Critical Thinking. Dr. Barnes is a Scholar of the Foundation for Critical Thinking, and was a direct student of Dr. Richard Paul.

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