Learning: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Date(s) - 30/04/2020
10:00 am - 3:30 pm


ISA House

Who should attend? 

This course is suitable for SLT, Middle Leaders and class-teachers interested in developing critical thinking skills in their pupils.

Develop skilled thinkers who enjoy solving difficult problems

The next generation of learners will be walking into workplaces that are complex and fast paced. Routine jobs are slowly disappearing and our young people will have to adapt by developing their critical thinking skills and problem-solving capabilities. Exam boards around the world are also changing to accommodate these sort of dispositions. Educational success now depends upon these sort of abilities but for too long we have seen them as ‘nice to have.’

This course explores practical ways to increase students, of all ages, abilities in problem-solving pedagogies. We look at how we can turn typical classroom activities into engaging tasks where learners do the hard cognitive work.

The emphasis of the workshop will be on practical applications that all teachers can use in the classroom. There is no ‘one size fits all’ and staff will be encouraged to think about how the strategies can be combined to produce really effective and thought provoking lessons.

Strategies will include:

  • Reasoning – critical thinking and using information effectively
  • Philosophical Enquiry – thinking in groups
  • Meta-Cognition – knowing how to move forward
  • Computational Thinking – using the cognitive process in other subjects

Course tutor: John Medlicott

View the programme outline here. 

For those who require accommodation, the Crown House Hotel is a short walk from ISA House. Mention you are attending an ISA course when booking, to receive a preferential rate of £85.

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Ticket Type Price Spaces
Standard Delegate Rate

Includes course materials, lunch and refreshments
Second Delegate Rate (ISA Members' schools only)
(For every full paying delegate you are entitled to a second at a discounted rate)

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