¡ “Critical Thinking for Teachers” Is Here!
With ITEN’s audio program, join Ms. Dominguez and her students to learn new ideas for your classroom
The Inter-American Teacher Education Network launched today a new audio program for teachers. The series, “Critical Thinking for Teachers,” is available free of charge for teachers interested in fostering critical thinking skills among their students, and is designed for use by individuals, groups, or entire networks of teachers. In three countries—Belize, Guatemala, and Costa Rica—ministries of education or non-governmental organizations are implementing the program with university students and in clusters of schools, thus delivering high quality professional development to many teachers in the region at a relatively low cost. Teachers and teacher educators, see below to learn how to use the program.
In the series, Ms. Dominguez, a young teacher, sets out to help her students become great thinkers. First, though, she must convince her mentor, Ms. Brown, that forming and defending an opinion is as important as knowing the facts. As the story unfolds, learn practical strategies including the art of asking thinking questions and the use of Socratic seminar to help students lead a discussion. You will participate in “Critical Thinking for Teachers” by writing questions for your own classroom, making lesson plans, and more. At the end of the experience you will understand more clearly the value of critical thinking and have new ideas on how to promote it in and out of the classroom.
How to Use the Audio Program
Access the program
1. Visit here
2. (Recommended) Download the Listener’s Guide and have it on hand while you listen to the program.
3. Have a notebook or paper and a pencil on hand.
4a. To listen online, click on the desired episode.
4b. If you prefer to download the episodes and listen offline, follow the link to the podcast
4c.. To listen on a mobile device, download the application SoundCloud for Android or iOS, then search “Critical Thinking for Teachers”.
Participate in the Program
Each episode will take you into the world of two teachers, Ms. Dominguez and Ms. Brown, and their students. As you follow the story, from time to time a narrator will offer a question or an exercise that will help you practice the principles illustrated by the characters. During the musical pause that follows, you will have time to write your response in your notebook. As with any learning experience, your active participation will maximize your learning.
Participate in groups
We recommend that you participate with a colleague or in a group, as this offers the opportunity to share and discuss the ideas that arise during the program. You can do so during the musical pauses, and if you need more time, you can press pause until you have completed your discussion.
Provide professional development
“Critical Thinking for Teachers” is an excellent tool for providing high quality teacher professional development at a very reasonable cost. Educators of both future and in-service teachers are invited to use the program materials free of charge. Audio is a flexible medium; you can provide access to the program via community radio or national radio broadcasts, compact discs, USB drives, mobile devices, and more. The most effective channel for distribution will depend on the resources, systems, and customs of each country or region seeking to implement the program. Please contact ITEN by email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Implementation Audio Program” to request more information and support.