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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