Help students meet today’s literacy demands with this new book from Terry Roberts and Laura Billings. The authors show how a seminar approach can lead students deeper into a text and improve their speaking, listening, and writing skills, as recommended by the Common Core State Standards.
Roberts and Billings provide easy-to-follow information on implementing Paideia Seminars, in which students discuss a text and ask open-ended questions about it. When teachers use this lesson format, students are exposed to a wide range of increasingly complex texts. They also learn how to collaborate, talk about, and reflect on what they’re reading, to make meaning independently and together. Seminars can be done in English class and across the curriculum, using social studies documents or math problems as the texts under discussion.
Teaching Critical Thinking also offers an array of practical resources:
All people who work with students would benefit from the instructional techniques and strategies within. This book offers clear ways of implementing the seminar approach. —Jana M. Alig, Ph.D, Principal, Reynoldsburg City Schools
Teaching Critical Thinking: Using Seminars for 21st Century Literacy was reviewed in Book News Inc.
Dr. Terry Roberts has been the director of the National Paideia Center since 1993. A former high school English teacher from Asheville, North Carolina, he is a practicing scholar of American Literature and Cultural Studies, with a strong penchant for the classics. He is fascinated by the social and intellectual power of dialogue to teach and to inspire.
Dr. Laura Billings has been the Associate Director of the National Paideia Center since 1998. She is a former secondary teacher from Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Billings’ research and teaching focus on the socio-linguistic aspects of dialogue. In addition, she is deeply committed to holistic assessment practices.