The Geographical Association, and SSAT, are offering professional development in critical thinking and problem solving, through the new British Council Connecting Classrooms programme. This ‘Teaching the core skills’ training package gives primary and secondary teachers of geography or history the knowledge and approaches they need to effectively integrate the teaching of core skills in their classrooms.

This free training will include:

  • supported pre-course reflection
  • day one face-to-face training focused on developing critical thinking, considering evidence and non-routine problems
  • application in participants’ classrooms
  • day two training focused on sharing participants’ practice and working with deep structures
  • further on-line support/collaboration, and opportunities to share practice with colleagues internationally.

The courses are being held in London:

  • Day 1: Thursday 10 March 2016
  • Day 2: Thursday 23 June 2016
and Manchester

  • Day 1: Friday 18 March 2016
  • Day 2: Friday 1 July 2016

You can book online We think more critical thinking, and more of the time, would be a good idea. As would some critical thinking about critical thinking [*]. For example, what makes the critical thinking we are interested in different from that which goes on in, say, the Kremlin, Google, the UK Treasury, Amazon, the Church of England, FIFA, BP, etc, etc? Is is what we

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think critically about? Or how we think critically? Or our purposes in thinking critically? Or the value frame we bring to bear when we think critically? All of these? Or …? Do we know? We wonder. …………………… [*] As, of course, would critical thinking about critical thinking about critical thinking, in a Batesonian level III learning sort of way.

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