…So, What’s Critical
Thinking, Anyway?
by: Abdelmjid Seghir
Plan
April 12th, 2012am.seghir@gmail.com
What is Critical Thinking?
What do educators think of critical
thinking?
Why Crit...
Bla bla bluu?
am.seghir@gmail.com
http://www.wix.com/amseghir/efl
What is critical thinking?
Critical
thinking
“Disciplined,
self-directed
thinking . . . ”
“ (Thinking) . . .
which exempli...
What do educators think?
 “I think critical thinking is really important because it teaches us how to think,
judge and ex...
Critical thinking in everyday
language
am.seghir@gmail.com
“Thinking
outside the
box”
“Thinking
about
thinking”
“Unlimited...
The 8 elements of thought:
 Point of view
 Purpose
 Questions at issue
 Implications and consequences
 Information
 ...
The 8 elements of
thought
Point of view
• Frames of
reference
• Perspectives
• Orientations
Purpose
What are the
goals and...
Information
What is the
main piece of
information
given?
Interpretation
and Inference
How do I
interpret the
piece of
info...
Why Critical Thinking?
 “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates
 “I think, therefore I am.” Descartes
am.seg...
How to integrate critical thinking in the
EFL classroom.
am.seghir@gmail.com
Fact or opinion
Logic puzzle
Chess
Picture do...
am.seghir@gmail.com
Problem solving
Discussions, games, projects…
Group work and hands
on activities
am.seghir@gmail.com
Experiential learning
am.seghir@gmail.com
http://www.wix.com/amseghir/efl
In a nutshell
am.seghir@gmail.com April 12th, 2012
☀“Critical thinking is
the exact opposite of
uncritical thinking,
which...
13 July 2013am.seghir@gmail.com April 12th, 2012
http://www.wix.com/amseghir/efl
Am.seghir@gmail.com
http://www.wix.com/amseghir/efl
Abdelmjid Seghir
@AmSeghir
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  1. 1. …So, What’s Critical Thinking, Anyway? by: Abdelmjid Seghir
  2. 2. Plan April 12th, 2012am.seghir@gmail.com What is Critical Thinking? What do educators think of critical thinking? Why Critical Thinking? How to integrate critical thinking in the ESL/EFL classroom. http://www.wix.com/amseghir/efl
  3. 3. Bla bla bluu? am.seghir@gmail.com http://www.wix.com/amseghir/efl
  4. 4. What is critical thinking? Critical thinking “Disciplined, self-directed thinking . . . ” “ (Thinking) . . . which exemplifies the perfections of thinking. . .”* “The intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information.” “Critical thinking is the art of analyzing and evaluating thinking with a view to improving it.” am.seghir@gmail.com http://www.wix.com/amseghir/efl
  5. 5. What do educators think?  “I think critical thinking is really important because it teaches us how to think, judge and express ourselves and our opinions. It's about understanding and not memorizing. One way of teaching this is stories.” (Nadeen, Damascus, Syria)  “We need to think critically to find new solutions that benefit all of humanity and not just a select few.” (Darleana, California, USA)  “I never understood why we felt we only share critical thinking with gifted and talented. All children must learn to take on a problem and find a solution. I work hard in developing Bloom's Taxonomy.” (Robert, Oklahoma, USA)  "There is a need today for us teachers to provide opportunities in the classroom to see students express themselves...away from "saying what we want as teachers". We have to motivate them to THINK, and to do it , critically. This comes after having observed, analyzed and evaluated "information" we teachers offer them to work with. It is important to bear in mind that whatever they say, it is the result of their own knowledge, beliefs, experience in the topic...." and their final output is the result of their critical thinking..( whether we like it or not ) it is the gift that we are after… that student has spoken "his/her" mind." (Hildegard M. Chile) am.seghir@gmail.com http://www.wix.com/amseghir/efl
  6. 6. Critical thinking in everyday language am.seghir@gmail.com “Thinking outside the box” “Thinking about thinking” “Unlimited thinking” “Divergent thinking” http://www.wix.com/amseghir/efl
  7. 7. The 8 elements of thought:  Point of view  Purpose  Questions at issue  Implications and consequences  Information  Interpretation and Inference  Concepts  Assumptions *The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking: Concepts and Tools, 5 ed. The Foundation for Critical Thinking, 2008. am.seghir@gmail.com http://www.wix.com/amseghir/efl
  8. 8. The 8 elements of thought Point of view • Frames of reference • Perspectives • Orientations Purpose What are the goals and objectives? Questions at issue What questions should be asked? Implications and consequences What does this imply? What are its consequences? am.seghir@gmail.com http://www.wix.com/amseghir/efl
  9. 9. Information What is the main piece of information given? Interpretation and Inference How do I interpret the piece of information? Concepts What concepts are present in this piece of information? Assumptions What are the assumptions I should make? am.seghir@gmail.com April 12th, 2012
  10. 10. Why Critical Thinking?  “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates  “I think, therefore I am.” Descartes am.seghir@gmail.com http://www.wix.com/amseghir/efl
  11. 11. How to integrate critical thinking in the EFL classroom. am.seghir@gmail.com Fact or opinion Logic puzzle Chess Picture dominoes
  12. 12. am.seghir@gmail.com Problem solving Discussions, games, projects…
  13. 13. Group work and hands on activities am.seghir@gmail.com
  14. 14. Experiential learning am.seghir@gmail.com http://www.wix.com/amseghir/efl
  15. 15. In a nutshell am.seghir@gmail.com April 12th, 2012 ☀“Critical thinking is the exact opposite of uncritical thinking, which is the exact synonym of being stupid!” Abdelmjid Seghir
  16. 16. 13 July 2013am.seghir@gmail.com April 12th, 2012 http://www.wix.com/amseghir/efl
  17. 17. Am.seghir@gmail.com http://www.wix.com/amseghir/efl Abdelmjid Seghir @AmSeghir

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