At the April 26, 2011, GCI staff meeting Giane Kedroe, Christine Mak-Fan, Sam Souannhaphanh, and Rupi Bergamin presented on the recent Garfield Gini-Newman PD on Critical Thinking. Gini-Newman is a Professor with the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at OISE/U of T whose area of expertise is critical thinking. He is also a member of the Critical Thinking Consortium (www.tc2.ca).
The GCI presentation began with an examination of what constitutes critical thinking in action (click the image to see the slides):
The GCI presentation also discussed contrasting types of questions intended to move students away from fact-based readings of texts towards questions intended to make connections between what they are reading and their prior knowledge as well as the world in which they live (click on the image to view and save document).