Critical thinking in education: A key to develop active learners Presented by Simon Lind
New Delhi, 22nd Nov 2016 – As a part of ‘Cambridge Professional Development Day’, Cambridge University Press India organised a series of workshops for teachers of CIE schools. The workshops were conducted in 7 key cities across India – Hyderabad, Pune, Chennai, Chandigarh, Mumbai, New Delhi and Bangalore. The core learning objectives of the workshop were to emphasise the importance of pedagogy in effective teaching and learning and to introduce critical thinking as a key skill to develop active learners. The workshops were designed to ensure interaction and reflection with a clear focus on the specific topics by International Teacher Trainer – Simon Lind, Professional Development Manager, Cambridge University Press, International Education. The series of workshops aimed at engaging with teachers from cities across India. The event witnessed an enthusiastic participation from a lot of schools that are affiliated with Cambridge University Press.
Each workshop included a comprehensive array of interactive sessions, engaging activities and stimulating discussions. All of this put together in a structured workshop format successfully encouraged teachers to recognise the importance of critical thinking in enabling students to evaluate their own thought process and become independent learners. With a focus on active and enquiry based learning in a bilingual international setting, Mr. Lind conducted thought provoking activities and shared ideas based on best practices inspired by leading educationalists. In an implicit yet effective way he drew on the pedagogical principles and perspectives of rich learning tools published by Cambridge University Press.
Speaking on the initiative, Ratnesh Kumar Jha, Managing Director, Cambridge University Press, South Asia, said, “Cambridge University Press has always aimed at introducing new and innovative ways to engage with teachers and students. The series of workshops with Simon Lind was aimed not only to empower teachers for innovative teaching practices, but also to enhance the skill of critical thinking. We are sure that this initiative proved helpful for teachers PAN India in meeting global standards of excellence. We received great response from all the participants across India this year”. Simon Lind, Professional Development Manager, Cambridge University Press, International Education said, “By organising this series of workshops, we strive to introduce the key skill of critical thinking, which can be described as the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking. Critical thinking is all about being an active learner rather than a passive recipient of information. We aim to encourage schools and teachers to adopt this new style of thinking which requires you to think critically and find answers to not just what, but how and why too.” Designed to facilitate schools and teachers to help learners develop skills for life, the initiative provided quality modern training and professional development that comes from Cambridge’s tradition of excellence dating back to 1584. The teachers also received a certificate from Cambridge University Press for attending the Cambridge University Press International Education Teacher Development Day, which culminated on 28th November 2015.
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