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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Crticial Thinking for the NEXT Administrator
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  1. Are you able to detect and define problems with ease?
  2. Have you begun to ask questions of yourself or staff that involve clarity, relevance or logic about information that is presented?
  3. Are you confident in your ability to consume information and does your staff feel that confidence as well?
  1. ​Are you aware of your own thought processes - i.e., how you think?
  2. Have you provided staff with opportunity to self reflect on their individual thought processes?
  3. Are you beginning to ask questions of your staff and self that involve clarity, accuracy, relevance or logic about information that is presented?
  4. Have you provided staff with exercises in reflection that allow them to safely examine their own thought processes?
  5. Are you beginning to foster an environment of humility - where questioning the way staff thinks is humbling yet inspiring.
  1. ​Are you building time into meetings that permit self-reflection?
  2. Do you and your staff understand that there are standards for assessment of thinking such as clarity, accuracy, precision and logic and that these standards should now be internalized?
  3. Have you provided a consistent place/time that allows you and your staff to monitor their own thinking processes as they are presented with a challenge?  
  4. Have you provided a menu of resources to assist with advancing the Critical Thinking process?
  5. Have you made your staff aware of Professional Development opportunities to develop Critical Thinking skills as professionals?
  1. Have you included periods of self reflection in your staff meetings?
  2. Have you provided a place and time for staff to self-reflect?
  3. Is there a central bulletin board, virtual or physical to provide strategies for the development of Critical Thinking skills as professionals?
  4. Are you providing opportunities for staff to attend Professional Development opportunities that focus on the development of Critical Thinking skills?
  1. Is your staff leading itself through the self-reflective process both at meetings and during any problem solving process?
  2. Has your staff established and maintained a virtual or physical area that continues the development of Critical Thinking skills?
  3. Have you and your staff developed a consistently humble approach to problems that arise within the school community?
  4. Are you and your staff regularly attending Professional Development opportunities that focus on Critical Thinking skill development for the professional?
 Resources & Research
    1. Edward M. Glaser (1941). An Experiment in the Development of Critical Thinking. New York, Bureau of Publications, Teachers College, Columbia University. ISBN 0-404-55843-7.
    2. Paul, Richard; Linda Elder (2006). "The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking, Concepts and Tools" (PDF). Foundation for Critical Thinking. p. 4. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
    3. Hindery, Roderick. Indoctrination and Self-Deception or Free and Critical Thought? Lewiston, N.Y.: E. Mellen Press, 2001. ISBN 978-0-7734-7407-9
    4. The National Assessment of College Student Learning: Identification of the Skills to be Taught, Learned, and Assessed, NCES 94–286, US Dept of Education, Addison Greenwod (Ed), Sal Carrallo (PI). See also, Critical thinking: A statement of expert consensus for purposes of educational assessment and instruction. ERIC Document No. ED 315–423
    5. Leadership by the Socratic Method(2007)