Fox6 logoTeachers learn how to use observations to increase critical thinking

The program is called "The Private Eye". It's not a way to teach you to spy on a neighbor but way for teachers to better instruct their students. The program was put on today at Botanical Gardens by the Alabama Hands on Activity Science Program at UAB's School of Education.  Read More logo"Private Eye" Program Makes Connections in World, Brains
wbhm - private eye story imageWhat’s common to all academic subjects? Well … thinking. “Critical thinking” is a buzzword for a reason, regardless of whether educators think today’s students do it well enough: it’s basic to what students are meant to do in school. But can you actually teach thinking? From the Southern Education Desk at WBHM, Dan Carsen reports on an innovative program trying to do just that:  Read More

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More than 30 teachers from Birmingham, Chilton County, Catholic Diocese of Birmingham, Fairfield, Hoover, Leeds, Trussville and Vestavia are on an educational safari at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. They are learning to look closely, think by analogy, change scale and theorize, and then bring those lessons back into their classrooms Tues, April. 24, 2012 in Birmingham, Ala. (The Birmingham News/Bernard Troncale).  Read More

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Jennie Thomas, a first-grade teacher at Walnut Park Elementary, and Annalisa Brewster, a fifth-grade teacher at Floyd Elementary School, compare their isopods as they try to identify what type of bugs they have by using science notebooks as a tool. Elementary school teachers from four different schools worked with pill bugs and sow bugs during a workshop about using...(Gadsden Times/Sarah Dudik)    Read More