Critical Thinking/Creative Thinking

Encounters with Primary Sources: On Teaching Critical Thinking in History

by Luke Yarbrough, Assistant Professor, Department of History Last week a student in one of my courses told me that she was feeling frustrated. In the course—an advanced seminar on how the concept of “jihad” has been interpreted historically—students break up each week into three “task forces,” each of which works to master an assigned primary or… Continue reading Encounters with Primary Sources: On Teaching Critical Thinking in History

Critical Thinking/Creative Thinking, Tips on Teaching

One Key to Pedagogical Success: Questions and Enduring the Awkward Silence

by Kenneth L. Parker, Steber Professor in Theological Studies At the beginning of each academic year, I have to relearn the same lesson: enduring the awkward silence after a question has been asked. At the start of my career this “skill” seemed unendurable. It felt far easier to fill the empty void of fifty or seventy-five… Continue reading One Key to Pedagogical Success: Questions and Enduring the Awkward Silence

Critical Thinking/Creative Thinking

Critical Thinking in Medicine: Reflections of a Third Year Student

by Priya Parikh, Graduate Student, School of Medicine “So, what is your assessment and plan for this patient?” As a third year medical student, I am used to hearing this question during rounds when we present the patients we have been following to our residents and attending physician.  Early on in the year, this was… Continue reading Critical Thinking in Medicine: Reflections of a Third Year Student

Critical Thinking/Creative Thinking, From the Director

Thinking Critically, Thinking Creatively: Considerations of a Theme

by Debie Lohe, Director, Reinert Center As we welcome new faculty and students to campus, the Reinert Center is gearing up for its focus this year on Thinking Critically, Thinking Creatively. This theme will inform some of our regular programs, including workshops in our Certificate Program, our annual Winter Institute, and our Teaching with Technology… Continue reading Thinking Critically, Thinking Creatively: Considerations of a Theme