Critical thinking involves students (and teachers) being able to identify and research the assumptions that frame how they think and act. Only if assumptions are accurate and valid can we trust them as guides for thought and action. Studies of critical thinking show that two factors are crucial to learning critical thinking – seeing teachers model the process and experiencing it as a social learning process. In this workshop Stephen Brookfield will model critical thinking and will introduce a number of classroom activities that can actively engage students in learning how to think critically.
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Incorporate into your teaching at least 3 techniques for modeling critical thinking for students
- Create at least two new classroom exercises to get your students to think critically
- Utilize at least two classroom assessment techniques to demonstrate critical thinking