To think critically means to evaluate information, to question its validity, and to identify possible bias. The process involves looking at information from multiple perspectives and requires a specific, interconnected skill set, including the ability to conceptualize, analyze, and synthesize information. The development of these skills in the classroom is vital to ensure students’ academic success, and to provide students with agency, or as Sumner described power to make informed decisions about what they read, hear, and watch both in and outside the classroom. These skills are especially important in this political climate.
In this webinar, the presenters will illustrate how the layering of a variety of instructional strategies, materials, and tasks scaffold students’ development of critical thinking skills.