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Polk State College Regional Workshop

Teaching Critical Thinking


Workshop Description

This workshop provides participants with concrete tools for teaching critical thinking skills while covering required course content. By the end of the workshop, participants are able to create lesson plans that enhance critical thinking skills based on content from any discipline in the humanities or social sciences. Participants will also learn how these skills can be easily and accurately measured.

By the end of this workshop, participants know or are able to:

  • Understand fundamentals of the human brain regarding dispositions toward critical thought, bias, use of evidence, and heuristic thinking.
  • Understand what works and what doesn’t work regarding critical thinking instruction.
  • Learn and apply precise pedagogical methods that help students at any level improve their critical thinking skills.
  • Learn and apply precise pedagogical methods to improve writing skills based on critical thinking practices.
  • Create critical thinking rubrics.

Activities:

  • Participate in exercises proven to enhance critical thinking.
  • Create exercises and exams that enhance and measure critical thinking skills.
  • Use and create rubrics that provide viable measurements of critical thinking.

Participants receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completing the workshop.

Preliminary Schedule

February 7, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Workshop
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch Provided by NISOD

Location

Polk State College - Lakeland Campus
3425 Winter Lake Road
Lakeland, FL 33813
Room LTB 1100 (Lakeland Technology Building)

Registration

Registration Type
Early Registration
on or before
January 10, 2020
Late Registration
after
January 10, 2020
Host College (Member)$129$179
Member $159 $209
Non Member $209 $259

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation and refund requests must be received prior to January 24, 2020. A refund of the workshop fee, minus a $100 administrative fee, will be given for cancellations received by January 24, 2020. NISOD also regrets that refunds will not be given after January 24, 2020 or for no-shows. However, we are pleased to credit your registration toward another workshop. In addition, substitutions are gladly accepted. A transfer of your full registration is permitted prior to the workshop by submitting a written request to Annecy Liddell by January 24, 2020. The individual requesting the transfer is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with the transfer.

Consent to Use of Photographic Images

Registration and attendance at, or participation in, NISOD meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to the use and distribution of the registrant or attendees’ image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audiotapes of such events and activities by NISOD.

About the Faciliator

Dr. John Eigenauer is a professor of Philosophy and Computer Science at Taft College in Taft, California. He holds a master’s degree in English, a master’s degree in Humanities, and a doctoral degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Syracuse University. Dr. Eigenauer has taught Philosophy, English, Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, and Spanish. He currently teaches Philosophy and Critical Thinking. Before joining Taft College, Dr. Eigenauer worked for Microsoft as a Senior Technology Specialist and at NASA Lewis Research Center as a Systems Analyst. He is a recipient of NISOD’s Excellence Award and has presented internationally on the topic of critical thinking.

Hotel Information

Hampton Inn and Suites Lakeland-South Polk Parkway
3630 Lakeside Village Blvd
Lakeland, FL, 33803
(863) 603-7600

Courtyard Lakeland
3725 Harden Blvd
Lakeland, FL 33803
(863) 802-9000 

Residence Inn Lakeland
3701 Harden Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33803
(863) 680-2323

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