21st Century Learning and Regional Training Center's Thinking Skills Course


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RTC's Course Encouraging Skillful, Critical and Creative Thinking embodies the FOUR C's of 21st Century Learning: Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Communication, and Collaboration

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21st Century Learning and Regional Training Center's Thinking Skills Course

  1. 1. Richard Solomon Neil Davidson PPT presentation by James Gilbert
  2. 2.  Critical Thinking and Problem Solving  Creativity and Innovation  Communication  Collaboration
  3. 3.  Reason effectively: inductive, deductive.  Use systems thinking: analyze how parts of a whole interact to produce over-all outcomes.  Make judgments and decisions: synthesize, interpret, make connections, draw conclusions.  Solve problems: in both innovative and conventional ways.
  4. 4.  Thinking creatively: elaborate, refine, analyze and evaluate ones own ideas; create new and worthwhile ideas.  Work creatively with others: incorporate group input and feedback; view failure as an opportunity to learn.  Implement innovations: act on creative ideas to make them tangible and useful.
  5. 5.  Articulate thoughts and ideas effectively.  Listen effectively.  Use communications to inform, instruct, motivate and persuade.  Communicate effectively in diverse environments.  Use multiple media and technologies to communicate.
  6. 6.  Demonstrate ability to work effectively and respectfully with diverse teams.  Exercise flexibility and willingness to be helpful – making compromises – to accomplish a common goal.  Assume shared responsibility for collaborative work and value all contributions.
  7. 7. Creating the Thoughtful and Respectful Classroom
  8. 8.  Devote instructional time to class and community  Teach students the requisite social or relationship skills  Empower your classroom community to develop common values, shared goals and expectations  Enable your students to develop a shared responsibility for each member of the classroom community
  9. 9.  Empower your classroom community to co- determine the learning task or project  Encourage positive interdependence  Encourage a strong sense of class or community loyalty  Set aside specific time to reflect on how well the class or community is addressing its academic objectives and relational needs.
  10. 10. • Cognitive structures (basic neurological connections students need for thinking) • Thinking skills and processes • Five mind/brain learning principles for thinking
  11. 11. 1. Each brain learns in a unique way 2. The brain requires social interaction 3. The brain is influenced by emotions 4. The brain seeks patterns and searches for meaning 5. The brain is a complex organ that can function on many levels and in many ways simultaneously
  12. 12. Applying the thinking skills they have acquired to the course content or curriculum
  13. 13. In this section of the course we will share different cooperative learning procedures for thinking in pairs (dyads), triads, quads and other group configurations.
  14. 14. Sometimes termed metacognition, this theme addresses the question: How do we empower our students to reflect on • their own thoughts, • their intrapersonal data, and • the internal processes they use to create meaning.
  15. 15. In this theme we focus on learning activities designed to enable students to think creatively and critically on the larger issues that we confront in the st century such as • war and peace • global warming • environmental protection • hunger and poverty • ethics • quality education, and other important topics
  16. 16. Richard Solomon Neil Davidson PPT presentation by James Gilbert