Teachers get training in teaching how to think critically

Dr Sandra Robinson (right) and Dr Verna Knight. (OBSERVER media)

Dr Sandra Robinson (right) and Dr Verna Knight. (OBSERVER media)

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Scores of master teachers have completed the first day of training on strategies to integrate critical thinking in the classroom.

The two-day workshop, organised by the Ministry of Education, the Organisation of American States (OAS) and the University of the West Indies (UWI), is geared at equipping the educators with tools to adequately promote critical thinking among students.

Dr Verna Knight, who is a part of a two-member facilitation team from the UWI, said the ability of students and the population at large to analyze problems is fundamental to development.

“We are more and more coming to realise that whatever knowledge we have has to be meaningfully applied to the region,” she said.

She advised, “If we are to be innovative, if we are to become persons who will ensure that development occurs, we have to ensure that we think about what we do.”

Dr Knight said her team hopes to encourage teachers to ensure their students objectively analyse and evaluate issues in order to make decisions.

Dr Sandra Robinson, the second facilitator, said if such development is to be realised, educators must end the widespread “right or wrong” approach to teaching.

“When you box students into providing answers, it’s about right or wrong and yes or no,” she said.

The workshop is taking place at City View Hotel.

(More in today’s Daily OBSERVER)

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7 thoughts on “Teachers get training in teaching how to think critically

  1. Ronald Greenaway October 3, 2014 at 12:12 - Reply

    Congratulations to the organizers of this long awaited event. Critical Thinking in my view is a great teaching tool and a much justifiable means of developing young minds.

    Please ensure that adequate time be given to the trainers to pass on as quickly as possible knowledge gained to their colleagues. In future efforts should be made to make parents aware of this initiative through seminars or PTA meetings.

    Congratulations to the Paarticipants

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  2. seth starkadder October 3, 2014 at 11:59 - Reply

    I am happy to see any promotion of critical thinking. In the major countries, politicians take a dim view of critical thinking, and a dimmer view of critical speaking, and seek to suppress it or subvert it at every opportunity.

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  3. Getting students to engage in “critical thinking” can’t be that difficult. Instead of training our teachers on ‘baseless’ discussions…we should be finding ways to attract, recruit and retain them. We need to stop losing all our good teachers to ‘severance payout’ and ‘badmindedness.’

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  4. A training on ‘critical thinking?’ Will these teachers get a “gold star” for attending? What a “waste” of time and space? How does this help to attract, recruit and retain our teachers in this country? Perhaps, a training on “teacher burnout” and handling “conflict crisis” in the classroom would be more of interest to train on? As we go forward as a society where students are exposed to so many ills to stay focus in the classroom-one have to make adjustment in how we simulate their minds and guide them.

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  5. Has anyone seen the various photos he who is in charge of education posting on his facebook page from his trips to Trinidad and what now appears to be Haiti. Seems like the guy is certainly busy profiling. By the way I find the bowties cute.

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  6. Not everything in life is logical, and I agree that we are not computers; as a matter of fact our brains are what invented technology and should not be limited. It is about time that we think about what our brains are fed and expound on it. Encouraging one to think and reason will certainly advance our development!

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