Critical Thinking for future generation thinkers

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Critical Thinking is a trendy topic and it seems obvious, if associated with teaching, that teachers develop critical thinking but nowadays, it is needed to foster again and again the need to improve critical thinking skills in students of the future generations.
This course introduces a substantive conception of critical thinking and how to infuse this concept throughout teaching at school. It fosters an understanding of how to teach critical thinking skills to students through any subject or discipline, and at any level of instruction. In this course, teachers are introduced to the elements of reasoning, universal intellectual standards, and intellectual traits through readings, discussions, and practical application activities. Teachers have the chance to redesign lessons and strategies using the concepts and principles of critical thinking, practice strategies for Socratic discussions, help students to learn to consciously use critical thinking concepts and strategies in learning, and in their lives.

Critical thinking is connected with creativity, problem-solving, and leadership. These skills are fundamental, especially after the long and very stressful period of the COVID pandemic.
In order to equip students with the necessary competencies to face the real world outside, new and future job placements and the other persons, they will meet while growing (colleagues, competitors, mentors, friends) with the role they will want to have.

Critical thinking is and continues to be, a deeply misunderstood cognitive skill set. Although all educators can agree on its importance, views remain split on what exactly critical thinking is, or how to effectively teach this skill to students.
The course covers strategies to not only develop students’ critical thinking skills but also blend critical thinking lessons into an instructor's specific discipline and subject matter.
Participants explore the complex topic of critical thinking and get a perspective on how a student conceptualizes—and practices—critical thinking in the classroom.

Through this course, teachers will learn how to:
-build critical thinking learning outcomes, assessments, and learning experiences into a discipline-based course
-understand which us the best tips to follow to design classes focused on developing critical thinking
-formulate critical thinking assessments to fit your subject matter
-transfer to students the ability to ask high-level questions that trigger critical thinking in your students
-combine their critical thinking assessments, learning outcomes, and student learning experiences to ensure maximum effectiveness of the learning
-avoid typical mistakes in teaching critical thinking

Target group
Teachers can be any kind of teacher working in a public or private school or educational institutions.

Like with all our programs, the present one is flexible and adaptable to special requests, depending on the subject taught or on the starting level of the participant.
Furthermore, in line with the JUMP Academy method, our courses are based on a strategic balance between formal and non-formal education, indoor and outdoor education and the team takes care of a very important aspect of international mobility which is the intercultural learning which we develop with short excursions and facilitating the interaction with local partners, especially schools of the territory.

We always try to connect our learners to local teachers and students to cooperate in developing innovation and networking for future projects. If possible, inside the program, a morning is spent inside a local school, visiting, observing, and cooperating in the realization of one or more lessons. The proposed program JUMP works, in European dimension and with an international spirit, at the local level and, according to the period of the training along the year and the weather, it is possible to change some sessions and add visits and meetings, in cooperation with our network of partners including schools involved in European projects).

Training modules
1) Module 1: Understanding Critical Thinking and the usual incorrect understanding on the topic
2) Module 2: Differences between teaching and teaching with the focus on Critical Thinking
3) Module 3: Critical Thinking in the different fields of use and its potential in empowering teaching
4) Module 4: 25 Of The Best Resources For Teaching Critical Thinking
5) Module 5: 10 Team-Building Games That Promote Critical Thinking
6) Module 6: Design my own learning and teaching pathway

Program
Sunday: arrival of participants, welcome by the B&B , social dinner, free time and relax.
Monday: 09:00 - 12:00 first briefing by organizers, presentation of the team, logistics of the local context, program overview and changes, moving to the city center. Outdoor team building game “The Mission Impossible in Soverato by JUMP''. Getting to know the Cultural Heritage of Calabria region.
12:00 - 13:00 Sharing expectations, experiences and learning needs. Presenting briefly the schools and specific characteristics of the schools. Participants explain shortly their Erasmus K1 projects. The trainer presents the course's main topics, sessions and goals.
13:00 - 14:30 lunch break
14:30 - 17:30 lesson. Module 1: Understanding Critical Thinking and the usual incorrect understanding of the topic
Tuesday: 09:30 - 13:00 lesson. Module 2: Differences between teaching and teaching with the focus on Critical Thinking
13:00 - 14:30 lunch break
14:30 - 17:30 lesson. Continuing Module 2
Wednesday: 09:30 - 13:00 lesson. Module 3: Critical Thinking in the different fields of use and its potential in empowering teaching
13:00 - 14:30 lunch break
14:30 - 17:30 lesson. Module 4: 25 Of The Best Resources For Teaching Critical Thinking
Thursday: 09:30 - 13:00 lesson. Module 5: 10 Team-Building Games That Promote Critical Thinking
13:00 - 14:30 lunch break
14:30 - 17:30 lesson. Continuing Module 5
Friday: 09:30 - 13:00 lesson. Module 6, Design my own learning and teaching pathway
13:00 - 14:30 lunch break
14:30 - 17:30 Outdoor excursion to an old village on the coast in Calabria.
Saturday: 09:30 - 12:00 lesson. Closing the course: Evaluation and delivery of certificates, checking the Learning Mobility Agreements and administrative receipts. In the afternoon of Saturday afternoon, or free time or proposed ​Intercultural activities or an excursion "Discovering Calabrian old towns and traditions". Final social dinner among participants.

Certification and number of days
JUMP certifies or 36 hours for 6 days course (6*6) or more if needed adding extra hours per day. Or 30 hours for a 5 days course (6*5).
The course can be also extended to a 2 weeks course with the options 10 days or 12 days course if asked and agreed, depending on the project of the sending organization.
10 days are excluded the weekend (5+5), 12 days are from Monday to Saturday morning (6+6).
At the end of the training, JUMP delivers a formal certificate of attendance and the team is at disposal to fill the Europass certification document according to the EU model template and other needed documents for reporting of the sending institution.

Costs: the cost is fully covered by the Erasmus grant. Write to info@associazionejump.it to ask for information on costs and the services provided to plan your mobility project in Soverato with JUMP.

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JUMP Association International Teachers Training Academy
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