Start timeFriday 8 June, 17:00
End timeFriday 8 June, 18:00
Critical thinking as such is not some new invention, though some educators tend to throw the term around as yet another buzzword or as something to deal with because it is considered the latest trend. The concept is simply much more than that. The roots of critical thinking date back to the times of ancient Greece. It would be expected that by now the humanity has mastered the skill of applying it to our decision making or the way we process the ever-increasing amount of information. However, human brain is lazy by default and tends to repeat the same pattern over and over again while (surprisingly) expecting a different result. In my talk I aim to present some practical advice on how to apply and start actively using critical thinking not only within your teaching practice but in your everyday life as well.
About Dragana Stegić
Long before I even thought of becoming an English teacher I was in love with the language itself as it was one of the means of opening a window to the world outside my own country. I was born and raised in Bosnia where my first passion was volunteering at a political party and English language studies came only after I moved to Ljubljana, Slovenia. My passion for wanting to change the world goes hand in hand with my passion for helping my students master their knowledge of English while broadening their horizons along the way. Living in the Balkans is both a blessing and a challenge and I take great pride in helping my ELT colleagues from once war thorn countries overcome their prejudice and open up to working with their neighbours once again.
My interest in critical thinking developed during my studies at the Faculty of Arts and afterwards I expanded it by finishing an online teacher training course on “Critical Thinking in the Language Learning Classroom” with the American English Institute at the University of Oregon, USA. Ever since then I have held many workshops on the subject both in Slovenia and abroad, teaching at all levels and environments from kindergarten to language schools, to Waldorf school in Ljubljana where I am currently employed.