Building Better Thinkers
Modeling and Coaching the Intellectual Habits of Mind You Value Most
The ability to intellectually persevere while working on cognitively difficult or complex problems is a hallmark of a critical thinker. Intellectual perseverance is also one of the eight Intellectual Traits of a critical thinker, according to the Paul-Elder critical thinking framework. In this session, you will explore the eight Intellectual Traits with the goal of identifying two or three “habits of mind” that you desire to cultivate in your students. You will reflect on how you might adjust your course structure, outcomes or teaching strategies to foster key traits in your students. You will look at examples of how other faculty at UofL are putting the Traits front and center with their students. You will engage in a self-assessment, reflective activities and discussion as part of this session.
After attending this session, you will be able to:
- Identify the eight Intellectual Traits as defined in the Paul-Elder critical thinking framework
- Explore, and reflect upon, how you can explicitly model and promote the “habits of mind” with your students and review examples of this work from your peers
- Develop and discuss new strategies and activities that might support the development of Intellectual Traits in your students
2/13/2014Thursday, 5:30–7:30 p.m.Delphi Center, Room 244
Dr. Patricia "Patty" Payette is executive director of the "Ideas to Action" initiative and associate director of the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning. Prior to this position, Dr. Payette was assistant director of faculty development programs at Michigan State University. She brings to both roles at UofL her expertise in faculty development, critical thinking, and instructional design.