Learning Intentions• To define critical thinking• Link critical thinking skills to 21st Century Learning• To develop an understanding of key research, strategies, tools and available resources using GRreader• To understand where critical thinking sits within the Tfel
Success CriteriaWe will:• Define critical thinking• Use critical thinking skills to complete a group activity• Use technology to access relevant resources
Tfel3.1 Teach students how to learn The teacher develops student understanding of learning and expands their strategies for thinking, learning and working collaboratively3.3 Explore the construction of knowledge The teacher shows that knowledge is open to question, serves particular purposes and is shaped by culture and experience
Group Activity: Read the quotes about 21st Century Learning and critical thinking Discuss and report:a) What does the quote mean to you?b) What implications does it have for learning at RHS?
“Liberal education is about learning tolearn, which means learning to think foryourself on your own and incollaboration.”
“ The key in getting through totoday’s students focus onbeing facilitators ofknowledge rather thanfountain.”
“A teenager today with access tothe internet has more information at their fingertips than entirecountries did just fifty years ago.”
“ In general, students who develop critical thinking skills are more able to:• achieve better marks• become less dependent on teachers and textbooks• create knowledge• evaluate, challenge and change the structures in society ”
“To hold information-age jobs, though,students also need to think deeply aboutissues, solve problems creatively, workin teams, communicate clearly in manymedia, learn ever-changing technologies,and deal with a flood of information.The rapid changes in our world requirestudents to be flexible, to take theinitiative and lead when necessary, and toproduce something new and useful.”
“Employers want workers who can think critically, solve problemscreatively, innovate, collaborate, and communicate.”
“Critical thinking is essential in theworkplace, particularly for employees inmanagement roles. Their decisions canaffect an individual employee, adepartment or the entire workforce.Therefore, critical thinking skills aresought-after professionalcharacteristics for employees withhigh-level responsibilities and authority.”
Definition of Critical Thinking in the context of The Australian National Curriculum“Critical thinking is at the core of most intellectualactivity that involves students in learning torecognise or develop an argument, use evidence insupport of that argument, draw reasonedconclusions, and use information to solveproblems.”
What are the attributes of a critical thinker?
“I prefer jobs where the supervisor says exactly what to do and exactly how to do it.““No matter how complex the problem, you can bet there will be a simple solution.” "I dont waste time looking things up.“ “I hate when teachers discuss problems instead of just giving the answers.” “If my belief is truly sincere, evidence to the contrary is irrelevant.““Selling an idea is like selling cars, you say whatever works."