What is Critical Thinking LIVE?
It's a half-day gathering of educators who share a passion for making critical thinking central to instruction. Learn from teachers, leaders, and innovators, and connect with your peers. It'll be a great place to reenergize and gain momentum for the rest of the school year.
Plus, earn 3 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) when you attend Critical Thinking LIVE!
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Registration and Sign-in
12:00 p.m.–1:15 p.m.
Keynote luncheon by Dr. Karin Hess
Shifting Teacher and Student Roles: An Essential Component to Thinking that Leads to Transfer
What does the research say about deeper understanding? When students begin to construct knowledge, instead of simply reproducing it, long-term memory is activated. This only happens when teachers shift from using strategies that support surface learning to strategies that encourage deeper thinking and transfer. Karin will share practical ways to shift questioning, develop more complex and engaging tasks, and support learners through strategic scaffolding.
1:15 p.m.–1:45 p.m.
Q&A with Dr. Karin Hess
1:45 p.m.–2:40 p.m.
Cultivating Critical Questioning: Leveraging T-TESS to Promote Deep Learning | Presenter, Tim Persall
Create classroom conditions to provoke thinking and pique curiosity. These thoughtful classrooms provide opportunities for students to explain reasoning, evaluate evidence, describe what is puzzling, and probe credibility of sources. These indicators provide the foundation for critical thinking and student-centered learning.
2:45 p.m.–3:40 p.m.
Deeper Thinking with a Growth Mindset | Presenter, Marcela Garza
This interactive session highlights the importance of deeper thinking by using inquiry strategies. Based on Carol Dweck’s research, this session focuses on establishing a growth mindset via in-depth thinking.
3:45 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Fusing Critical Thinking with Kinesthetic Learning | Presenters, Melissa Robinson and Kim Brody
This session focuses on activities to increase engagement and encourage critical thinking. Brain research reveals interesting details about how thinking and movement are connected. In other words, we remember best what we DO. Because learning is an active process, students need to be fully attentive, especially when learning something for the first time. Leave with ideas for immediately implementing the four kinesthetic critical thinking strategies in the classroom.