ITEN WEBINAR SERIES Critical Thinking
Creating Thinking Classrooms: Making Learning Visible
Content: Educators are told that they need to foster critical thinking skills in the minds of the students they teach, but teaching students to think critically remains a challenge for many teachers. Teaching often requires teachers to deliver required curriculum content at the expense of strategies that encourage and enable the teaching and learning in their classrooms; teaching for thinking can get sidelined in the process. This webinar blends what we know about learning, thinking and instructional techniques (e.g. referencing the work of H. Lynn Erickson, S. Joel Warrican and Project Zero: Visible Thinking, Harvard Graduate School of Education) that can foster critical dispositions in students and encourage and enable them to make their thinking visible to themselves, their peers and their teachers.
When: Friday January 30th, 2015 (Washington DC time).
Presenter: Sandra Robinson brings more than 20 years experience in teaching, teacher education and development, teacher professional development and curriculum and instruction – primarily in English and English Education. She has facilitated professional development education for teachers across many countries in the Anglophone Caribbean. These professional development activities have included a focus on critical thinking, teaching Caribbean poetry, critical literacy, literacy and English education.
For fifteen years Dr. Robinson taught English at the secondary level and since 2004 has provided teacher education in the area of English Education and instructional methodologies to teachers and teacher educators across the Eastern Caribbean. She has worked with teachers in schools, assessing and observing teachers’ practice; creating teacher professional development activities based on observational needs; and facilitated the provision of hands-on instructional experiences for teachers. She has developed graduate programmes in Language and Literacy Education and undergraduate courses in Language Arts pedagogy, English Education and Literacy. She has also worked with curriculum personnel in Ministries of Education to provide professional education for teachers in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Dominica, Montserrat, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Guyana. She also coordinates the English Education programme in the Eastern Caribbean Joint Board of Teacher Education (Eastern Caribbean JBTE) and has consulted for UNICEF and other agencies. Robinson has authored research reports, book chapters and research articles in English Education, Teacher Education and development and critical thinking for classroom teachers.
Audience: Teachers, Ministries of Education, teacher education institutions, teacher organizations, leaders of civil society organizations, and those interested in learning the best strategies for teaching English to Spanish-speaking students.
Synopsis here: http://bit.ly/1DIcSBM
Note: Registration is open to all those who are interested; however, please note that no certificates will be awarded for participation.