Digital tools and access to information has changed the paradigm of education. It’s no longer what you can find, but how you filter what you’ve found that’s important. Students do not need to operate in isolation - they will need to know how to research, collaborate, publish and support their ideas. All of these skills require students to use critical thinking: the process of reasoning to determine the validity of a claim.
As teachers, we need to teach critical thinking, and we need to model critical thinking in our own practice. It is often easy to accept the latest trend as true without the necessary critical evaluation of the underlying principles. We will get a chance to examine the process of critical thinking both in our students’ learning process and in our own professional practice. We will then examine a few ways of encouraging students to think critically and to demonstrate their thinking through various evaluation tools. The session will conclude with insight into how we as teachers can think critically about our own practice and the tools we are encouraged to use in order to support the pedagogy.