Teaching for Critical Thinking

We all want our students to be better critical thinkers. But beyond a we-know-it-when-we-see-it intuition, it can be difficult to fully describe what we mean by “critical thinking” and design activities that intentionally cultivate those skills. In this workshop, we will use Halpern’s four-part “teaching for critical thinking” framework to structure our brainstorming and dialogue. Specifically, we will explore how to cultivate:

  •      a critical thinking attitude or habit of intellectual deliberation
  •      individual intellectual skills, like analysis and inference
  •      the ability to transfer these skills into new contexts
  •      the ability to reflect upon and evaluate one’s own thinking

At the end of this workshop, participants will have concrete takeaways to try in their classes.