Teaching Critical Thinking Skills to Our Students

EDZU 9978 (3 credits / 45 hours)

Location: Online
Instructor: Barry Kaufman

Start Date: 02/28/2024
End Date: 04/02/2024

Course Syllabus

The ability to think critically is more important now than it ever has been. Critical thinking skills impacts every area of a child’s academic experience Students who can “do” math, but don’t understand “why, lack critical thinking skills. Students who can put sentences together grammatically correct, but can’t respond to a writing inquiry meaningfully lack critical thinking skills. Critical thinking is a learnable skill that allows us to make logical and informed decisions to the best of our ability. This course takes a nuts and bolts approach to teaching critical thinking. It will give teaches a variety of suggestions for integrating critical thinking activities into their disciplinary courses with a focus on current events.


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Graduate: $580.00
Only courses taken for professional development graduate credit can receive an official university transcript.

In-Service or CTLE Professional Development

You can only receive one type of certificate,
please register accordingly. There will be
no switching of certificate status after the
start date of a class.

In-Service: $275.00
Completion of this course taken for in-service credit will provide an NYCTD, Inc. Certificate of Completion


New York CTLE: $275.00
Completion of this course taken for CTLE credit will provide a New York State Verification of Hours Certificate from NYCTD, Inc.

Teachers enrolled in this course will...


  • basic principles of critical thinking
  • effective techniques for integrating critical thinking into the classroom
  • effective techniques for improving critical thinking skills of your students


  • why critical thinking is important in a student’s overall success
  • 5.risk of students who lack critical thinking skills

and Be Able To

  • identify “critical thinking opportunities ” and turn them into learning experiences
  • use “critical thinking” as a tool for student’s overall learning experiences

and much, much more!

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