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Saturday, May 5 • 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Could Would Should: Developing Daily Critical Thinking

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In a world where the loudest opinion is often taken as fact (even though it may NOT be factual), train your students daily to develop the critical thinking skills to navigate successfully through the informational noise. Ask first, “What do we all see that we agree upon?” Then ask, “If we COULD, solve problem X, how WOULD we go about it, and SHOULD we?”

This session will help you provide your students with tools to (1) distinguish between facts and opinion, (2) validate information and sources, (3) identify the assumptions behind questions, facts, and opinions, and (4) weight for themselves what informs their own opinions.

The sample lesson uses the lenses of literature, history, and science to ask effective questions, define problems, brainstorm possibilities, craft solutions, and test hypotheses. Participants will taste from a menu of engaging strategies that they can practice daily with students. They will also try for themselves a range of digital AND analog tools for discovering, creating, and sharing: Daily Animals, Divergent/Convergent Questioning, Ladders and Webs, Creative Problem Solving, Google Suite for Education, Chrome extensions, formative assessments (Kahoot, Quizizz, GreenScreen by DoInk, NPR’s StoryCorps, Procreate, and more.)

Because “the smartest person in the room is the room,” participants will also collaborate to plan lesson elements and unit outlines for the educators in the room.

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Teresa Ozoa

University HS English Teacher, Irvine Unified SD
Teacher of British Lit, rhetoric and writing, 2015 UHS Teacher of the Year, CUE Lead Learner, Google Certified Educator, UCI Writing Project Teacher/Consultant, lapsed lawyer, wife, mother, singer, surfer, knitter, reader, writer, scifi geek and cosplayer -- able to fix anything with... Read More →

Saturday May 5, 2018 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Room 31 625 Park Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651