6 August 2021
Teaching Critical Thinking in the Teen and Young Adult Classroom
Teaching teens can be both rewarding and troublesome. Key to unlocking their potential is helping them to discover their own innate source of motivation. In a world where passive consumption of information has become the norm, and many teens, especially in the developed world, are disillusioned with the adult world ahead of them, educators often struggle to find ways to spark their interest and instil a love of learning, especially when exams, grades, and league tables are priorities. This one week-long course, aimed at teachers and educators in all disciplines, introduces a toolbox of practical approaches for adapting and re-packaging syllabus material in practical ways that are not just engaging, but will help teachers to encourage teens to take charge of their own learning through developing their critical thinking skills and leading them to give the answers to their own questions.
The methods introduced are hands-on, require minimal additional resources, and can be implemented in any teenage classroom with or without technology. This course is aimed at educators working in the field, as well as newly qualified teachers and authors/editors of educational materials.
At the end of the course, attendees will be able to:
– Understand, explain, and observe the significance of critical thinking in the teen and young adult classroom
– Have an increased awareness of the issues surrounding learning in different contexts; factor in the learning/cultural environment; communicate on educational issues on a broader level
– Adapt their syllabus material to foster critical thinking rather than passive “chalk and talk” teaching.
– Engage students to take a pro-active interest in their own progress
– Identify and prepare resources and activities to foster creative and critical thinking in the classroom.
– Develop students’ ability to problem-solve and achieve independent study
– Use and create their own activities to promote critical thinking abilities in the classroom
– Prepare a monthly or yearly teaching schedule incorporating critical thinking in their syllabus
– Identify and seize teachable moment opportunities “on the fly” in the classroom to demonstrate and develop critical thinking in their students
– Use the Socratic method to stop “feeding information” and begin teaching students how to learn (and love it!)
– Improve communication and group dynamics in the classroom with pair- and group- work (incl. mixed ability classrooms)
– Assess and evaluate students’ progress after integrating critical thinking methods
Certificate of Attendance
EUR 380: Fees include two-week tuition, material and activities