A simple argument consists of a conclusion supported by reasons (see Critical Thinking 1). However, most arguments are actually constructions that join these simple blocks of argument together in more complex ways.
Ideally, teaching kids how to think critically becomes an integral part of your approach, no matter what subject you teach. But if you’re just getting started, here are some concrete ways you can begin leveraging your students’ critical-thinking skills in the classroom and beyond.
The role of parents in youth sport has recently been thrown into the media limelight following Gary Lineker’s article for the Newstatesman (link to the article available below). He apportions part of the blame for England’s lack of international footballing success to a negative culture at grass roots level, specifically involving “pushy parents”.
A suggested but not exhaustive list of possible applications that may help foster 21st Century Skills in today's language learners.
Although geared to language learners the applications suggested work well in any course. The skills listed (with applications to go with them) are: communication, collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, information literacy, media literacy, technology literacy, flexibility and adaptability, iniative and self-direction, social and corss-cultural skills, productivity and accountability, and leadership and responsibility.
Women are football fans, but do they want to put on the pads and play? The Independent Women's Football League shows they do, despite a lack of major support. With the WNBA as its guide, the IWFL makes its way.