Recently, my colleague Shayna Fox-Norwitz described her reflections during a visit to one of our Summit personalized learning cohort schools in a blog post, Notes from the Classroom…Critical Thinking in our Schools. She noticed a student sitting out in the hallway, preparing herself to retake a failed content assessment (online post-test). In engaging the student in deeper inquiry, the student left the exchange, partly victorious and confident in her own critical thinking thought process and partly grateful for having an educator engage her in such a level of deep academic conversation. So often, the everyday routines prevent us from engaging in reflection and deeper levels of critical inquiry.
We will pose the following essential questions for discussion:
Q1: What is critical thinking?
Q2: How do we cultivate critical thinkers in our classrooms?
Q3: How do you, your colleagues and/or school celebrate and capitalize on evidence of critical thinking?
Q3: What are the challenges to fostering critical thinking?
Q4: What else can teachers do to celebrate critical thinking?
Q5: What else can school leaders and administrators do to celebrate critical thinking?
Q6: How have you integrated current events in your efforts to foster critical thinking?
Q7: What will you do next week to foster critical thinking?
Join Wendy Espinoza Cotta (@edtech2innovate) and others Sunday night at 8 PM to take a closer look at Critical Thinking in our Schools.
Plyer v. Doe was ruled 34 years ago, yet schools are still engaged in the search for best practices to implement learning in classrooms with a quickly growing population of multicultural and multilingual students. Our educational system has been under recent regulatory changes and experienced various applications of blended learning. Yet, educators feel like they are not reaching out enough to all students. High dropout rates are still a concern of many districts. Immigrants and refugee families remain in the margins of education.
What can we do to help change this situation and how can we better prepare our students and ourselves to address this need. Join @RITELL_ESL and @FlaviaBakerCHS this Sunday 10/16 at 8 pm on #EdChatRI to find out.
Don Miller -