Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum
|Date:||May 12, 2016|
|Time:||9:00 am – 3:30 pm|
(includes lunch, which is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment.)
Edmonton (ERLC Office at Elmwood School)
Room 17/18, 16325 - 83 Avenue
Who should attend
Suitable for teachers of any grade or subject as well as instructional leaders.
About this learning opportunity
What are some practical and effective ways to invite critical thinking when we have so much curriculum content to cover? How can I expect students to think when they are still learning the basics? What does critical thinking look like in different subject areas and grades? How might I design learning to intellectually engage students?
These important questions reflect many of the challenging contexts that Alberta teachers grapple with. To address such questions, this session will examine practical and powerful practices that invite critical thinking across the curriculum. You will also investigate the intellectual tools required for competencies related to critical, creative and collaborative thinking. We will explore how to 'tweak' common instructional strategies—including brainstorming, compare and contrast, think-pair-share, find the definition and group sharing—to become engaging, powerful critical thinking tasks that develop student abilities to think, communicate and act.
This learning opportunity is being provided through a grant from Alberta Education.
About the facilitator(s)
Director of Partner Relations and Communications with The Critical Thinking Consortium, Warren Woytuck has been a K-12 teacher and elementary school principal in Alberta and British Columbia for more than twenty years. His diverse professional background also includes extensive management and leadership experience in government and not-for-profit organizations.
As a curriculum manager with Alberta Education, Warren co-led the development of the new Alberta High School Social Studies curriculum. Warren has also authored and edited several teaching and learning resources, including projects for Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History. A well-respected instructional coach and much sought after professional learning facilitator, Warren has worked with thousands of teachers in the areas of critical thinking, creativity, design thinking, instructional excellence and leadership.
Warren is the recipient of the Alberta Teachers’ Association Social Studies Council Award of Excellence and the Royal Roads University Leadership Award.