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Training Teachers to Teach Critical Thinking | Edutopia.org

Training Teachers to Teach Critical Thinking | Edutopia.org | information literacy | Scoop.it

Thinking critically is one thing, but being able to teach it can be quite another. Katie Kirkpatrick, dean of instruction at KIPP King Collegiate High School, developed the school's Speech & Composition class, a requirement for all students. In the class, students learn basic critical-thinking skills. The class has been so effective that she now trains teachers how to leverage critical-thinking skills in their classrooms as well. We sat down with Katie to learn about how she trains staff. Here are her answers to some of our questions.

 

Define what critical thinking in the classroom is.


It's an approach to teaching that allows students to make sense of the content. They analyze the content, they evaluate the content, and they're able to apply it to their daily lives. Teachers ask specific questions to get the students to do those things.

 

How is your training session structured?


It's a three-hour training on the frameworks that I use in my own course, which I generated from the Toulmin Model of Argumentation. It involves having participants go through the entire process of writing an argument, just as they would if they were students in my classroom.

 

The framework involves three specific phases:

 

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How Field Trips Build Critical Thinking Skills - MindShift (blog)

How Field Trips Build Critical Thinking Skills
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School field trips are on the decline in American education for many reasons.
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A Quick Guide to 21st Century Critical Thinking...

A Quick Guide to 21st Century Critical Thinking... | information literacy | Scoop.it
Critical thinking skills are what we want our students to develop. Without these skills we can not guarantee a sound and effective education that will enable our kids to seamlessly blend in tomorrow 's job market.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, October 3, 2013 7:22 AM

Can use this as part of our 21st century skills push.

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10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking

10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking | information literacy | Scoop.it
10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking

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Rudi Permana's curator insight, October 3, 2013 10:04 AM

Sometimes we often forget to take lessons from the process (playing the game) or experience (in the real life)  that we've been through.

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Couple of games to try  with added benefits

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Need an idea for team-building with your students for those first days of school?  These are classic ice-breaker activities any grade level can enjoy.

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Resources and Downloads for Teaching Critical Thinking

Resources and Downloads for Teaching Critical Thinking | information literacy | Scoop.it
Using resources and tools like the ones below, educators at KIPP King Collegiate High School focus on honing critical thinking skills across all subjects. Credit: Zachary Fink


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Margarita Parra's curator insight, October 6, 2013 7:14 PM

Urge desarrollar el pensamiento crítico!

Margarita Parra's comment, October 16, 2013 8:50 AM
Thank you @Jim Lerman!
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How to Promote Critical Thinking with Online Discussion Forums

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Critical thinking is an expected learning outcome of higher education along with mastery of a studied discipline. Yet several studies including one outlined in Academically Adrift, suggests that a ...

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