Welcome to The Critical Thinking Consortium
TC² is a non-profit organization of Partner groups and Individual Members.
Each year we support many thousands of educators through a range of face-to-face, online and print resources and services developed around a classroom-proven approach to embedding critical thinking. Our aim is to help students learn to think and think to learn.
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What do you hear? Classrooms are rarely quiet places! Scraping chairs, buzzing pencil sharpeners and coughs and sneezes that linger all year are just a few of the many sounds you might hear. But the most important sounds by far are the voices of your students. This month's issue of The Thinking Teacher offers resources for strengthening your students’ ability to respectfully share, listen, question and respond to the ideas being shared in your classroom community.
How can we ensure that our students have the tools needed for success? The Competencies Toolkit, a new teaching resource from The Critical Thinking Consortium, provides the basis for teaching tools to develop student competence to think, communicate and act. Learn more about this new publication.
We have posted two new tip sheets - Promoting critical thinking in science and Tweaking questions and tasks to deepend critical thinking in science. Invite students to make reasoned judgments about virtually everything they do in science, and to think more deeply about science topics by tweaking the questions and tasks you use. You can find these tip sheets under the Subject areas tab on the Tips for Teachers page.
We are excited to announce that our new grade 2 Inquiry-pac unit Changing Family and Community Traditions is now available. This online package provides everything you need to implement unit 2A of the new Ontario social studies curriculum through exciting, ongoing inquiry. Licenses for this unit are now available for purchase, as well as the grade 4 Early Societies, the grade 5 Good Government and Responsible Citizenship and the grade 6 Community Stories and Canadian Identity units.
NEW RESOURCE! Recognizing an Historic Injustice: Canada's First National Internment Operations explores the events, causes and consequences of the internment of thousands of individuals in Canada during the First World war era. It has been made available for free courtesy of a grant from the Endowment Council of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund. Visit our Pivotal Voices page to download a free PDF version or go to our online shop to order a print copy for the cost of shipping.
Creating Thinking Classrooms separates the rhetoric from the reality associated with learning in the 21st century. Full of practical advice, this book includes a realistic approach to support leaders at school, district and system levels in their efforts to help teachers navigate the challenges of educational change. Partners and Individual Members receive 20% off. Read a review of this book.
Are you interested in helping your staff, colleagues or teacher candidates embed critical thinking? If you are a university instructor, educational leader or keen teacher, register as a Friend of Critical Thinking and receive regular free resources to help you help others.
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Why should I create my own TC² account?
Do you have questions like these?
- We're trying to implement inquiry based math but it's tough. Any ideas?
- The new social studies curriculum is based on critical inquiry. What do you have that can help?
- Our district is focused on 21st century learning. Do you have any resources that could provide some practical ideas about how to do this?
- I'm not sure how to assess student thinking effectively? Can you help?
Take less than a minute to sign up for your own free account and if you’re a Partner employee or an Individual Member you will gain access to diverse teaching and professional learning resources to help you answer questions like the above. If you’re not yet a member or Partner you still will have access to several resources and will receive an additional free resource each month.
What is the difference between partnership and membership?
Partners are organizations like schools and school districts who have joined TC². Educational leaders within these groups often work with TC² staff to provide professional learning programs for their teachers. Employees of these groups enjoy benefits such as free access to our three main online resource collections, discounts on all TC² resources and access to the library of professional resources.
Is my school or district a Partner?
Check out our list of current Partners.
If your district, school or faculty is not a TC² partner, you can obtain the benefits of partnership by becoming an Individual Member.
Please contact our administrator if you have any questions.
What resources are available for free?
- Partners and Individual Members have free access to our three main online resource collections: Tools for Thought, Critical Challenges and Source Docs.
- Everyone may download free samples from each collection.
- Each print publication also has a free lesson sample.
- Many free resources are also available in the following collections: