Dr. McCutcheon

Implementing Critical Thinking in
the Classroom
Faculty of LCOB
Presented by Robin McCutcheon
Getting Started
First: My deepest appreciation to all who
offered idea donations to this CT Guide
Bruce Conrad (Accounting)
Jean Price (Accounting)
Amanda Thompson-Abbott (Accounting)
Richard Agesa (Economics)
Robin McCutcheon (Economics)
Scott Denning (Finance)
Jackie Agesa (Finance)
Deepak Subedi (Management)
Charles Braun (Management)
David Spudich (Management)
William Canterbury (Management)
Dale Shao (Management Info Sys)
Ricky Weible (Management Info Sys)
Anil Gurung (Management Info Sys)
Rex McClure (Marketing)
Woodrow Berry (Legal Environment)
Christopher Cassidy (Management)
Deanna Mader (Marketing)
We wish to acknowledge our Divisional and Dean’s Office Staff – without whose assistance this CT Guide
would not exist: Teresa Marcum, Suzann Workman, Sharon Jenkins, Molly Robertson, and Sandy
Yes, I am the Masochist who Volunteered
 My job was to ask for and coordinate all the
donations to our CT Guide
 Each person, in each discipline, has their own unique
was of teaching critical thinking
 The biggest hurdle: taking the critical thinking from a
discipline and putting it in common language
 The scary part: being criticized by exposing how I
Doing the Asking
It’s like ‘cold calling’ – no one wants to do it
But curiosity got the better of me
How do other professors teach students how to think
The biggest hurdle for me –asking questions in a
manner that the other person can understand.
The biggest hurdle for my fellow academicians:
putting critical thinking in common language, ex:
From Accounting or Business Strategies verbiage into
common English
“I didn’t know that’s all you wanted!”
 Taking our classroom lingo and putting it into common every-day English
 It’s easier & harder than we make it out to be
 To get at the heart of teaching critical thinking, we have to ask, “in your class,
what is the fundamental idea you want your students to remember?”
 It almost always turns out to be a form of thinking critically
 Ex: David Spudich & Business Strategy, page 32 in CT Guide
 Turns out, Business Strategy is a form of critical thinking
 Once the person explains to me what critical thinking means to them, I ask,
“what examples do you use in class to teach that?”
 What examples do you use in class to teach that process of step-by-step thinking?
 Ex: Richard Agesa, page 25 in CT Guide
 The final question, “how do you test your students to see if they got it?”
 Now that you’ve taught the step-by-step process, how do you test your students?
 Ex: Anil Gurung, page 33 in CT Guide
 My request of each person, “would you put what we talked about in a brief
paragraph, please, and email it to me?”
 “That’s all it is?! That’s all you wanted? That was easy!”
CT Guide v2.0, Moving forward
Please take a quick moment and jot down
your own CT idea (on your 3x5 card) you’ve
gotten from today’s presentation
Pass it to Robin, who will make sure it gets into
the CT Guide
Pass to Robin your 3x5 card (w/ your name on
it) if you’d like her to contact you personally
for your contribution
This CT Guide is OURS!

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