Critical Thinking

    In today’s society, many people experience information overload. We are bombarded with messages to believe various ideas, purchase things, support causes, and lead our lifestyle in a particular way. How do you know what to believe? How do you separate the truth from the myths?

    The answer lies in critical thinking skills. The ability to clearly reason through problems and to present arguments in a logical, compelling way has become a key skill for survival in today’s world. This two-day workshop will give you some practical tools and hands-on experience with critical thinking and problem solving.

What Will Students Learn?

• Define critical and non-critical thinking

Identify your critical thinking style(s), including areas of strength and improvement

Describe other thinking styles, including left/right brain thinking and whole-brain thinking

Work through the critical thinking process to build or analyze arguments

Develop and evaluate explanations

Improve key critical thinking skills

Use analytical thought systems and creative thinking techniques

• Prepare and present powerful arguments

What Topics are Covered?

Understanding critical thinking

Where do other types of thinking fit in? (including whole-brain and left and right brain)

Pitfalls to reasoned decision making

• The critical thinking process

A critical thinker’s skill set

Creating explanations

Dealing with assumptions

Common sense

Critical and creative thought systems

• Plenty of hands-on case studies