Creating a Thinking Classrooms for the 21st Century by Garfield Gini-Newman

Education is at a crossroads. Digital technology offers both new opportunities and new challenges that schools need to embrace if they are to remain relevant in the 21st century.

This preconference session will explore ways to re-think curriculum design to put critical, creative and collaborative thinking at the heart of learning. It will also consider how teachers can leverage the opportunities digital technologies offer for increasing the authenticity of the learning with which students engage. Through powerful yet manageable tweaks, teachers can refine their practices to increase the depth and relevance of student learning through the creation of a “thinking classroom”.

Participants will also consider classroom applications of six ways to frame activities that invite critical inquiry and the use of 5 intellectual tools for quality thought allowing them to find entry points in their teaching for infusing critical thinking to deepen student engagement, understanding of core curricular concepts and literacy competencies.

Garfield Gini-Newman

Garfield Gini-Newman is an associate professor at OISE/University of Toronto and the senior national consultant with The Critical Thinking Consortium.

He has worked with thousands of teachers across grades and subjects, helping them to frame learning around engaging and provocative activities and authentic assessments.

Requests for Garfield’s services have taken him from Asia to the Middle East, Europe, the Caribbean and across North America. His interest in effective teaching and learning has led him to actively explore the challenges and opportunities presented by teaching and learning in the digital age. Garfield has spoken across Canada and internationally on critical thinking, brain compatible classrooms, curriculum design and effective assessment practice, and nurturing 21st century skills in a digital world.

In addition to his work at the University of Toronto and delivering workshops, Garfield has also authored several articles, chapters in books and seven textbooks and has taught in the faculties of education at York University and the University of British Columbia. His most recent book co-authored with Roland Case, Creating Thinking Classrooms has received widespread praise from leading educators across Canada and internationally.

Recent Publications:

  • Article: In Search of the Thinking Classroom, May 2014
  • Article: Encouraging Digital Technology Integration with Critical Thinking
  • Article: The Basics and Inquiry Teaching in Education Canada, February 2016
  • Book: Creating Thinking Classrooms
  • Book: Quick Guide to Using Thoughtbooks

Works in Progress:

  • Book: Cascading Challenges: A Choreographed Approach to Student Inquiry