Pedagogical Strategies for Development of Critical Thinking
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Pedagogical Strategies for Development of Critical Thinking

Toolkit for teaching practice
4.1 (223 ratings)
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5,473 students enrolled
Last updated 2/2017
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 32 mins on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 23 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • define and describe critical thinking in their own words
  • plan, deliver, and assess lessons that promote critical thinking
  • apply the methodologies of Socratic seminar, academic conversation skills, project-based learning, and service learning in their classroom
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Requirements
  • To participate in this course teachers must have an Email account and basic computer skills, such as email management, knowledge of word processing software, and Internet search skills. Participants must be available for at least two hours per week for the course and have the ability to self-manage and work autonomously.
Description

If, as Plutarch asserted, a mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled, this course equips teachers to kindle the fire. Teachers, particularly teachers of students ages 11 to 14, will learn to inspire and cultivate critical thinking among their students. Though teachers of all subjects will benefit from the course, the focus is on literacy and language arts, mathematics, science, and citizenship education.

Pedagogical Strategies for Development of Critical Thinking offers both theoretical and practical tools to help teachers embed critical thinking in each part of the teaching process from the lesson plan to the assessment.

Using videos, real-world lesson plans, sample rubrics, and more, participants will define critical thinking and explore how the teaching and learning process changes when shifting from filling vessels with information to fostering independent thinking. Teachers will learn four methodologies that promote critical thinking and study an example of how several academic subjects and methodologies can be connected into a meaningful, multidisciplinary learning activity.

Structured as a toolkit which teachers use at their own pace, the course features eight units, each with prompts for reflection and planning exercises that will help teachers bring to life in the classroom what they learn through the course.

Whether teachers are new to the notion of critical thinking or have long incorporated it into their classrooms but are looking for some new ideas, Pedagogical Strategies for Development of Critical Thinking can help them kindle the fire of learning in their students.

NOTE:

By registering in this course, I agree that my personal information (including full name, country, email address, and details regarding participation in the course) will be sent to the Organization of American States (OAS), for the purpose of being forwarded to the Ministry of Education to which I belong for certification, provided that the ministry has a formal agreement with the OAS for this for this purpose. By registering in the course, I give Udemy permission to share my personal information with the OAS and the Ministry of Education of which I am part for the purposes of certification.

Who is the target audience?
  • Teachers and aspiring teachers, particularly those who teach middle and high school, should take this course.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 24 Lectures Collapse All 24 Lectures 01:03:42
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Toolkit Presentation
2 Lectures 02:13
Table of contents
5 pages

Introduction
02:13
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What is Critical Thinking?
3 Lectures 02:16

Before starting this module, please answer a few questions about critical thinking. We hope this quiz will serve as a space to reflect on your own ideas and to track how your current knowledge could potentially change as you participate in this course.

Diagnostic test Section 1
10 questions

Before we start analyzing the methodologies to promote critical thinking in the classroom, let’s create a common ground about the concept of critical thinking by analyzing some examples, definitions, characteristics and methodologies.

What is Critical Thinking
02:16

Characteristics of Critical Thinking and Critical Thinkers
3 pages

Bloom’s taxonomy is a valuable and widely used tool that describes different levels of thinking. The six levels described in Bloom’s taxonomy are divided into higher order thinking and lower order thinking. Critical thinking integrates these two components:

1) Ability to generate information (lower order)

2) Using those skills to guide behavior (higher order)

Thinking critically about a set of facts or other information to make an informed decision requires that the thinker go through all six cognitive levels defined by Bloom.

Critical thinking skills
3 pages

Quiz Section 1
10 questions
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Collaboration and Critical Thinking Methodologies
6 Lectures 12:50

Before starting this module, please answer a few questions about collaboration and critical thinking. We hope this quiz will serve as a space to reflect on your own ideas and to track how your current knowledge could potentially change as you participate in this course.

Diagnostic test Section 2
10 questions

In this unit, we will analyze four collaborative methodologies to promote critical thinking in middle and high school classrooms. First, we will cover the importance of collaborative learning and its relationship with critical thinking, and then we will study each methodology, asking, How does it look in the classroom? How can teachers implement it? We will then consider examples of best practices.

Collaborative Learning and Critical Thinking
01:52

Quiz section 2
10 questions

Critical Thinking Methodologies
02:24

Before starting this topic, please answer a few questions about the Socratic Seminar. We hope this quiz will serve as a space to reflect on your own ideas and to track how your current knowledge could potentially change as you participate in this course.

Diagnostic test Socratic Seminar
10 questions

Socratic Seminar
01:52

Quiz Socratic Seminar
10 questions

Before starting this section, please answer a few questions about Academic Conversation Skills. We hope this quiz will serve as a space to reflect on your own ideas and to track how your current knowledge could potentially change as you participate in this course.

Diagnostic test Academic Conversation Skills
10 questions

Academic Conversation
02:15

Quiz Academic Conversation Skills
10 questions

Before starting this section, please answer a few questions about Project Based Learning (PBL). We hope this quiz will serve as a space to reflect on your own ideas and to track how your current knowledge could potentially change as you participate in this course.

Diagnostic test Project Based Learning
10 questions

Project Based Learning
02:24

Quiz Project Based Learning
10 questions

Before you start the present module, we would like for you to answer a few questions about Service Learning, hoping this quiz will serve as a space to reflect about your own ideas, and to track how your current knowledge could potentially change as you address the contents of this course. 

Diagnostic test Service Learning
10 questions

Service Learning
02:03

Examen 12: Quiz Service Learning
10 questions
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Teaching to Promote Critical Thinking Skills
5 Lectures 05:39
Lesson Planning
2 pages

Before Planning
01:58

Planning
01:40

After Planning
02:01

Lesson Delivery and Assessment
10 pages
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Lessons plans examples to develop critical thinking skills
5 Lectures 09:25
Best Practices on Critical Thinking
00:52

Teaching Critical Thinking in the Science Classroom
02:29

Teaching Critical Thinking In The Mathematics Classroom
02:06

Teaching Critical Thinking in the Reading and Writing Classroom
02:06

Teaching Critical Thinking in the Citizenship Education Classroom
01:52
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References and Resources
3 Lectures 00:20
References and Resources
7 pages

Copyrights
1 page

Toolkit satisfaction survey
00:20
About the Instructor
Red Interamericana de Educación Docente
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The Inter-American Teacher Education Network (ITEN) is a project led by the Department of Human Development Education and Employment of the OAS. ITEN has created a professional network which empowers its participants to take the lead and learn from each other. One of its goals is to generate change towards the professionalization of teachers and the improvement of education in the Americas.ITEN therefore promotes innovation in the classroom for teachers to learn and adapt their teaching methodologies. ITEN’s activities provide user-friendly and attractive tools for practitioners to engage in collaborative activities in massive numbers. Technology is a cross-cutting theme in the project, used in all activities and a key strategy for delivery of project support to the target audience.

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La Red de Interamericana de Educación Docente (RIED) es un proyecto liderado por el Departamento de Educación, Desarrollo Humano y Empleo de la OEA. La RIED ha creado una red profesional que permite a sus participantes empoderarse de la iniciativa, liderar y aprender unos de otros. Uno de sus objetivos es generar un cambio en la profesionalización de los docentes y la mejora de la educación en el Américas. La RIED por lo tanto, promueve la innovación en el aula, para que los maestros aprendan y se adapten a nuevas metodologías de enseñanza. Las actividades de la RIED proporcionan herramientas atractivas para los profesionales de ala educación, las cuales les permiten participar en actividades colaborativas, de manera masiva y de uso fácil. La tecnología es un tema transversal en el proyecto, la cual es utilizada en todas las actividades y es a su vez una estrategia clave para apoyar los proyectos de los y las maestras de las Américas y el Caribe llevan a cabo.