LANE CLARK'S CONGRESS SPEECH 2

SKILFUL THINKING: EDUCATING THE LEARNING MIND

CONGRESS | 18 APR 2019

Thinking…we do it all the time. It is a natural human process. We couldn’t stop our students from thinking, even if we tried. Having said that, is there a difference between thinking and thinking skillfully? What are the implications for our students learning, if their thinking isn’t skillful?

The importance of teaching our students how to think has been recognized globally; but how are teachers practically addressing this mandate? To what level of depth and breadth do teachers truly understand thinking? Do they know the difference between critical and creative thinking and do they understand the relationship between the two? Do they understand how to seamlessly infuse thinking skills into their instructional design? Can they strategically select the most effective thinking tools to legitimately advance thinking and therefore learning? Just as critically, how well do students understand their thinking and what is their level of cognitive responsibility?

In this keynote, Lane will explore what it means to teach students How to Think. She will explore both critical and creative thinking and what it means to become a skillful thinker. She will de-mystify the infusion of thinking into classroom practice and will explore a practical approach to transitioning cognitive control from the realm of the teacher to the realm of the learner. Participants WILL leave this session with greater clarity when it comes to…learning HOW to think! 

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