Teaching Critical Thinking Skills to Our Students

EDZU 9978 (3 credits / 45 hours)

Location: Online
Instructor: Barry Kaufman

Start Date: 04/22/2020
End Date: 05/26/2020

Course Syllabus


The ability to think critically is more important now than it ever has been. Critical thinking skills impacts every area of a child’s academic experience Students who can “do” math, but don’t understand “why, lack critical thinking skills. Students who can put sentences together grammatically correct, but can’t respond to a writing inquiry meaningfully lack critical thinking skills. Critical thinking is a learnable skill that allows us to make logical and informed decisions to the best of our ability. This course takes a nuts and bolts approach to teaching critical thinking. It will give teaches a variety of suggestions for integrating critical thinking activities into their disciplinary courses with a focus on current events.

    

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Teachers enrolled in this course will...

Know

  1. basic principles of critical thinking
  2. effective techniques for integrating critical thinking into the classroom
  3. effective techniques for improving critical thinking skills of your students
 

Understand

  1. why critical thinking is important in a student’s overall success
  2. 5.risk of students who lack critical thinking skills
 

and Be Able To

  1. identify “critical thinking opportunities ” and turn them into learning experiences
  2. use “critical thinking” as a tool for student’s overall learning experiences

and much, much more!

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