Are your students:
- overwhelmed by the news cycle and information overload?
- struggling to explain their opinions or justify their views with evidence?
- afraid to say the wrong thing in class discussions?
How We Argue is a new online program that offers a clear, simple, and rigorous system to improve critical thinking skills. In this dynamic three-week workshop, you’ll learn a simple, visual, research-backed method called Argument Mapping to help students focus and engage class discussions at depth.
Argument Mapping is fun and interactive, so it naturally “hooks” a diverse set of learners and provides a scaffold to help students engage opposing views more thoughtfully. Since 2014, ThinkerAnalytix and the Harvard Department of Philosophy have researched and developed a curriculum that has been tested with thousands of teachers and students in middle school, high school, and higher education.
In this three-week, asynchronous program, you’ll join fellow educators as you learn how to use digital games, puzzles, and other activities to improve students’ reasoning skills, sharpen their thinking, increase their confidence in communicating their ideas. You’ll uncover ways to include these practices in your classroom to help students make clear, precise claims and support their claims with evidence.
With program content developed by experts in the fields of logic, critical thinking, political philosophy, education technology and education, you will find this skills-based experience rigorous, creative, and transferable to classroom learning whether it is in remote, in-person, or hybrid settings.
You’ll also explore a series of practice exercises that will help students practice the skills related to developing intellectual empathy: listening carefully, giving others the benefit of the doubt, and understanding a different or opposing position so they can work to disagree constructively or evolve their opinions and those of others.
Participants will complete this program with:
- An evidence-based method for leading class discussions and writing assignments around controversial issues;
- A toolkit of resources that can be deployed immediately to improve students’ reading, writing, and discussion skills;
- Access to How We Argue, our online “boot camp for arguments,” where students practice critical thinking skills such as using evidence and reasoning;
- A relationship with a ThinkerAnalytix Instructional Coach who will be available to support you as you implement argument mapping with your students.
Participants can expect an estimated 5 hours of work per week, and will receive a certificate of completion for 15 clock hours if coursework is completed within the workshop dates.
- Practice the critical thinking skills necessary to analyze, evaluate, and construct arguments, so you can help your students develop and improve these skills
- Learn to visualize and evaluate arguments with a method called argument mapping, including the use of a free argument-mapping software called MindMup*
- Use argument mapping to help your students plan and develop a piece of persuasive writing
- Lead discussions about controversial issues with argument mapping and argument-evaluation skills
*This program uses a free argument mapping tool which requires a Google Drive account. Click here to contact us before enrolling if you cannot or do not wish to use Google services.