February Seminars

Instructor: Robert Swartz

The Center for Teaching Thinking
February 13 – 17, 2017

The 2017 CTT February Seminar will introduce teachers to Thinking-Based Learning. TBL is a new and unique educational methodology that creates student-centered classrooms in which critical and creative thinking are infused into content instruction in ways that help students develop skill at these kinds of thinking and use these skills for deep engagement with important content from their school curriculum.

The course will be in two stages: first, participants will be introduced to a core of thinking skills, including skills of analysis, skills involved in developing creative ideas, and the types of skills needed to judge the reasonableness of these ideas through critical thinking. They will then be shown how these can be infused into content instruction through lessons demonstrations that incorporate all of the instructional techniques that make TBL effective. Participants will then be asked to come up with their own ideas for such lessons.

The seminar will then focus on how to cluster these thinking skills in ways that they can be infused into both longer curriculum units and newly designed multi-week project-based units. Once again participants will be given an opportunity to develop ideas for such units. Special graphic organizers and other materials needed to teach such lessons will be made available to all participants.

This seminar will be conducted in the home of Dr. Swartz in Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston.  Enrollment is limited to please register early.

Participants who have some experience with teaching thinking skills are preferred. The seminar will run from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm M – F. Participants will receive certificates of completion when the seminar is over.


We have gotten a discount rate at the Hotel Indigo in Newton which is a wonderful hotel which we use each year when we have the February Seminars in Boston.  Please feel free to book your rooms at Hotel Indigo which provides a free shuttle each morning to the seminars by clicking the link below:


Fee: $750 includes all required course materials.

Center for Teaching Thinking ~ PO Box 590607 ~ Newton Center, MA 02459 ~ 413-773-1654 tel ~ 617-795-2606 fax







Bookings are closed for this event.