Mind Path Consulting Services

Stretching Beyond Limits

Workshop on Critical Thinking
 
 
Everyone is agreeable that critical thinking is crucial in today’s world. There are numerous articles and resources on how to be a critical thinker. Unfortunately, most of these resources are rather deep and may be difficult for younger learners to understand. Moreover, students are often encouraged to think critically. But there are no formal lessons on how to think critically in school. Therefore, how does a young learner with limited understanding capacity use critical thinking approaches in his/her learning? Most students tend to think critically as they move on to a higher educational level. But critical thinking should start as early as possible. How? What about adults? Are we applying critical thinking in our daily activities? Really? Are we even aware of our thinking?


 

A few workshops are offered on enhancing critical thinking in general and making it a habit of the mind our daily lives. For preschool educators/carers, it can be incorporated in activities and for primary to higher grades; it can be incorporated in lessons across the curriculum. It is also for any adult to help conscious thinking and to sharpen general thinking skills.
 


 

Workshop 1: Critical Thinking for Pre-schoolers (For Educators)


Children come in various different ability ranges and to help maximise their potential, it is crucial that we try to engage their minds as much as they are able to. Every child has a mind that needs constant stimulation to discover the hidden potential. This can be achieved through the stretching of their minds that helps unlock their talents. This can be done by teaching them critical thinking.

Critical thinking is a skill that will serve children well throughout their lives. Since critical thinking is a habit that should be learnt and practiced early in life, it is important to teach children how to do it. As children are naturally inquisitive, it is important to teach this skill during the early years. A good critical thinker tends to learn more quickly, as well as more in depth, as compared to someone with poor critical thinking skills. Therefore, the earlier this skill is learnt, the better the application.

 

This workshop serves to:


1. Raise critical thinking consciousness 
2. Help teachers understand and apply basic principles of critical thinking
3. Help children gain awareness of their thoughts 
4. Help children improve their thinking pattern
5. Expose teachers to activities in critical thinking that have proven beneficial for children at all developmental levels


 


 

Workshop 2: Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum: Sharpening The Thinking Skills Of Our Students (For Educators, Students)

Critical thinking is a skill that will serve students well throughout their lives. In fact, it is relevant to all aspects of learning at any level. It can be used in a wide range of situations, from identifying and correcting problems in academic work, to solving problems in everyday life. The ability to recognise an argument, evaluate and provide arguments in order to formulate one’s own stance is an essential skill that all students require. Studies have found that the use of Critical Thinking can greatly improve a student’s grades.
Therefore, this workshop would help teachers explore the benefits of critical thinking by helping them understand what critical thinking is all about and exposing them to activities that have proven beneficial for students at all developmental levels. Teachers would first be trained on how to think critically and then some hands on work on how they could use critical thinking themselves and help instil these skills across the curriculum. Critical thinking is the key to learning as it helps students to develop an argument through imagining and exploring the alternatives.

 

The aims of this workshop is:


1. To understand what critical thinking is
2. To understand the importance of critical thinking 
3. To introduce the basic components of critical thinking, ways to build those components into the design of what is taught, and ways to make that design effective

 

Expected Outcomes:


By the end of the workshop participants should have:


 

• Acquired a good understanding of issues relating to teaching and learning for the fostering of productive thought in the classroom
• Form a basic concept of critical thinking, understanding in general why it is essential to the mastery of content and effective day-to-day problem solving
• Form a basic concept of the affective and cognitive principles & strategies essential to critical teaching
• Practice using critical thinking in the solution of some everyday problems as well as in the redesign of instructional units.


 


 

Workshop 3: Critical Thinking Everyday: Sharpen Your Thinking Skills With Easy-To-Follow Strategies (For Everyone)


Most of us are unaware of our thinking and thus, take our thinking for granted. Because we take our thinking for granted, we do not feel the need to work on improving our thinking skills. The fact is that, just as to be good at anything, it takes practice, this applies to our thinking habits as well. Without awareness and practice, it is not possible to become an excellent thinker regardless of how smart we think we may be. This would require hard work and practice and results will not be seen overnight. However, with gradual development of our thinking habits, one would notice a marked improvement in our daily lives. Therefore, as long as we keep taking our thinking for granted, we will not work to improve it.


This workshop helps us to be aware of our thoughts with skills on how to improve our thinking pattern. Critical thinking is not difficult, but takes practice to perfect. Simple strategies will be discussed in an interesting manner that we would find hard to forget, therefore would use it more and more often until it becomes an unconscious and natural act.  

 

The aims of this workshop are:


1. To raise awareness on critical thinking consciousness 
2. To make conscious thinking application on the basic principles of critical thinking
3. To help improve our thinking patterns
4. To learn easy-to-follow strategies in our daily lives 
5. To sharpen our thinking skills in general

Note: All workshops can be customised to suit the needs for teachers, corporate executives, parents and students.