Not just for extra credit: How to put critical thinking at the core of teaching and learning where it belongs

About the speaker:

Garfield Gini-Newman is a senior national consultant with the Vancouver-based Critical Thinking Consortium and a professor with the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. He has worked with thousands of teachers across Canada, the US and the Caribbean to help them frame learning around engaging and provocative activities and authentic assessments. Garfield’s background includes 5 years as a curriculum consultant for the York Region District School and 7 years as a department head in history and contemporary studies. He has authored numerous articles, chapters in books, and textbooks on a range of topics, including critical thinking and Canadian history. He has also taught at York University and the University of British Columbia.

Webinar Topics:

Consider all the learning opportunities that are lost every day when teachers don’t fully engage their students in critical thinking. It is not enough for teachers to engage students in critical thinking some of the time or much of the time. Critical thinking should be embedded in the learning that takes place in the classroom throughout the day. Learn how to build on the ways you already invite your students to engage in active inquiry with lots of ideas, insights and motivation on how to expand the role of critical thinking in your classroom.

  • Make critical and creative thinking the foundation and driver of learning rather than its desired outcome
  • Create a learning environment that nurtures innovation and risk taking
  • Strategies for building content knowledge through invitations to think
  • 6 ways to frame activities so that they invite critical inquiry
  • The central role of a set of criteria when engaging in critical thinking
  • How to nurture the 5 intellectual tools and competencies needed for quality thinking and success in the 21st century
  • How to help students incorporate critical thinking in all learning activities, from note-taking and selection of resources, to reading and responding