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Season 2, Episode 8 - Teach & Learn

The Importance of Critical Thinking in K-12 Classrooms, with Dr. Aleigha Henderson-Rosser

Join us for a thoughtful conversation with Kassia Gandhi and Dr. Aleigha Henderson-Rosser on cultivating critical thinking skills in K-12 classrooms and the role technology can play.

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Welcome to Teach & Learn: A podcast for curious educators, brought to you by D2L, a global ed-tech company helping to change the way the world learns. This podcast is a virtual classroom where candid conversations with the sharpest minds in the K-20 education space happen. We take on everything that matters to educators, from trending educational topics to the evolution of teaching strategies, to issues plaguing our schools and higher education institutions today.  

In Season 2, Episode 8 we dive into a discussion on critical thinking for K-12 students.

Episode Description

Many K-12 teachers view critical thinking as a crucial skill for students to work on. But unlike a core subject, teaching it isn’t as simple as carving out a dedicated time slot and running an assessment at the end of the term. Technology can certainly help support the development of critical thinking skills, but only if used correctly.

In this episode of the Teach & Learn podcast, guest host Kassia Ghandi interviews Dr. Aleigha Henderson-Rosser, assistant superintendent with Atlanta Public Schools, about the importance of critical thinking and technology in K-12 education. Our guests chatted about:

  • Why critical thinking is necessary for students to thrive in the post-pandemic world
  • How innovative technology can support critical thinking skills.
  • The challenges with assessing critical thinking and the need for authentic assessments.
  • The impact of technology on preparing students for future careers
  • The role of AI in the classroom
  • The importance of reimagining classroom spaces to support critical thinking and technology integration.

Show Notes

01:13: An introduction to Dr. Aleigha Henderson-Rosser

01:48: Our guests discuss the rise of the tech industry in Atlanta

04:14: Why Dr. Henderson-Rosser believes critical thinking is a crucial skill for all students

06:29: The shifting nature of how teachers run assessments

12:26: The impact of technology on preparing students for future careers

19:51: How to help students and teachers critically use AI

29:08: How to keep up with the work of Dr. Aleigha Henderson-Rosser

Speakers

Dr. Aleigha Henderson-Rosser

Assistant Superintendent, Atlanta Public Schools Read Dr. Aleigha Henderson-Rosser's bio
Kassia Gandhi

Kassia Ghandi

Vice President, K12, D2L Read Kassia Ghandi's bio
Justin Bruno
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