CTT Summer Institute

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CTT Summer Institute 2018


July, 2018 MADRID, SPAIN



A two week program

2nd – 7th of July, 2018

9th -14th of July, 2018



July 2 – 7, 2018; 9:30am – 5:30pm

What do TBL lessons accomplish and how can they be designed and taught?

Many schools today have recognized that the standard instructional methodology that emphasizes memory and rote learning, reinforced by standard textbooks, is ineffective in leading to either deep or lasting learning on the part of most of their students. The first week of the 2017 CTT Summer Institute will be devoted to an in-depth examination of the instructional strategies that have made Thinking-Based Learning extremely effective as an alternative in schools around the world.

TBL will be introduced to the participants in this course through demonstrations of TBL lessons in which students are taught a number of different thinking skills that they then use to explore important curricular content in greater depth than ever achieved in memory-based instruction.

As we do this we will show how these lessons weave examples of a cluster of special instructional techniques to produce a powerful classroom methodology for TBL that yields rich thinking, deep understanding, and lasting learning.

We will give special attention to the impact of TBL on student literacy: on their reading and writing skills. We will especially focus on what teachers can do to help students translate good thinking into good writing and other forms of effective communication.

The classroom demonstrations of TBL lessons will be drawn from actual classroom practice and will include examples incorporating a number of analytical, critical, and creative thinking skills, as well as skillful decision making and problem solving infused into content instruction at different grade levels and in different subject areas. We will pay special attention to what teachers of 3, 4, and 5 year-old children have been able to accomplish in starting their students to learn how to stop and think, as well as how much teachers in the primary through baccalaureate grades have accomplished through TBL. Participants will have a chance to develop their own ideas for TBL lessons based on what they teach.

Week 1 is the first step in the process of being certified as a TBL teacher.



July 9 – 14, 2018; 9:30am – 5:30pm

This week will focus on translating the understanding of TBL methodology and of the specific thinking skills developed in Week 1 into organized and extended classroom practice that aim at remedying common difficulties faced by teachers in regular classrooms.

The first theme that we will explore is not just prompting students to think in the classroom but also to create an environment of thinking and learning in the classroom in which students work together as equals respecting the diversity in the classroom. We will especially focus on ways that teachers can bring special needs students to a level in the classroom in which they are able to communicate with, work together with, and learn from other students in the classroom, and in which high ability students are not isolated but also become members of the community of thinkers in the classroom. All of this will be based on the way teachers structure the thinking and learning activities in the classroom around a TBL base.

We will have four special visitors who will work with participants to apply these techniques in their own instructional contexts: Jose Blas, Antonio Marquez, Paulina Banfalvi, and Oscar Campo.

The second theme for Week 2 will be how teachers can help students to transfer the careful thinking they have learned through TBL in their classrooms to their lives and other important contexts outside of school. This often will involve the need for student to recognize situations that call for careful thinking, use their ability to think for themselves with no one prompting and guiding them, and require the use of coordinated clusters of thinking skills. We will explore what teachers can do in the classroom to foster these abilities even starting with 4 and 5 year-old children.

In addition we will use as contexts for the exploration of these themes examples of very specific peer-related or family issues, but we will also pay special attention to challenging 21st Century issues like preservation of the environment, protection from severe weather, and the challenges of living in multicultural communities. These themes are often a focus of people today without the specific use of thinking skills that can enrich and deepen the effectiveness of their thinking, and avoid calamities that often result from not taking the need to think carefully and with skill in these contexts seriously.

Organized planning strategies for helping students transfer and use skillful thinking in such contexts will be presented and participants will have the opportunity to develop their own plans for helping students identify and be motivated to think through and make decisions about such issues.

Robert Swartz will be joined by Carol McGuinness to guide this segment of Week 2.

This week is a natural complement to Week 1. It will be structured so that participants who have not attended Week 1 but have had some experience with TBL in other contexts will also be able to participate fully.


Rey Juan Carlos: Campus Vicálvaro

Telephone: 914 88 78 00

C/ Paseo de los Artilleros, s/n,

28032 Madrid

The departmental building next to the University Library Room 162

By Bus: Vicálvaro Station Line 9 bus

By Train: Vicálvaro Station C-2, C-7. Renfe Cercanías


CTT will provide translation services from English to Spanish for anyone who needs it.


The cost of the 2018 program depends on when you register and for how many weeks. The full cost of each week is 650€. If you select both weeks when you register you will receive a discount. Also, as usual, if you register before May 1, 2018 you receive a discount as well. Lunches and beverage breaks for each day of the program are included in this price, as well as books and materials. Please follow the directions below if you fall into one of these groups, discount packages cannot be combined.

Early Bird Special: If you register before May 1, 2018, you will receive 50€ off your registration, making the price 600€. Please use the pull down menu below for early registration.

If you register for both weeks at once on or before May 1, 2018, you will receive 100€ off your registration, making the total price for both weeks 1200€. Please use the pull down menu for both weeks below.



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Ticket Type Price Spaces
Both weeks after May 1, 2018
For people who register for both weeks after May 1, 2018
€1,250.00 N/A
Both weeks before May 1, 2018
For people who register for both weeks before May 1, 2018
First week after May 1, 2018
Full cost for people who register for week 1 (2nd of July to 7th of July, 2018) after May 1, 2018
€650.00 N/A
Second week after May 1, 2018
For people who register for Week 2 (9th of July to 14th of July, 2018) after May 1, 2018
€650.00 N/A
First week before May 1, 2018.
For people who register for Week 1 (2rd of July to 7th of July, 2018) before May 1, 2018. Extended until May 7!
Second week before May 1, 2018.
For people who register for Week 2 (9th of July to 14th of July, 2018) before May 1, 2018. Extended until May 7!

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