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Thinking Skills

COVI – Thinking Skills – Problem Solving Level 1

Level 1

College and Other Vocational Instructors

  • deal with equipment not working correctlyPossible Solutions
    • inform department secretaries
    • change learning plans
    • try to figure out why the computer isn’t working
    • contact help lines
    • ask for help from information technology technicians

COVI – Thinking Skills – Problem Solving Level 2

Level 2

College and Other Vocational Instructors

  • change room set up or equipment to teach activities

COVI – Thinking Skills – Problem Solving Level 3

Level 3

College and Other Vocational Instructors

  • modify timelines for teaching activitiesPossible solutions
    • change their lesson plans to make sure they teach the most important items when they don’t have enough time to cover everything planned
    • add more activities when they find they have extra time in class

COVI – Thinking Skills – Problem Solving Level 4

Level 4

College and Other Vocational Instructors

  • help students understand content, do the tasks well all the time or take an active part in learning activitiesPossible Solutions
    • communicate with the students one-on-one
    • work with career counsellors to reassess students’ academic abilities and find the right support and training for them
    • review student’s tests and marks to find a reason they aren’t doing the tasks well every time
    • discuss any problems with the student
    • review current lesson plans and make changes to how they teach to keep students interested in learning

COVI – Thinking Skills – Critical Thinking Level 3

Level 3

College and Other Vocational Instructors

  • decide if resources and learning materials used give the students what they needExamples
    • review course outlines and learning objects
    • consider if information is available, the format and the costs
    • consider how much class participation is needed with each activity
    • consider how much time is needed to finish each activity
    • consider students learning styles and interests
    • consider their own level of knowledge and experience with the topics
  • decide if exams are fair, valid and reliable
  • review learners’ intake assessments, interim progress reports and course completion resultsExamples
    • consider classroom attendance and if students are participating
    • consider student presentations, practical demonstrations and performance using assessments that are specific to content
    • consider the tone students create through stage design, use of materials, lighting, costumes and accessories– when courses are for theatre production
    • consider how well students do each tasks, use of equipment, where they place equipment and how they interact
  • assess if a person is right for a teaching positionExampleDepartment heads
    • review candidates’ academic qualifications, background and experience
    • consider candidates’ levels of practical knowledge and if they are able to use different technology
    • interview potential teachers to identify thinking and communication skills and attitudes
    • do reference checks to see if the person does have the experience that is needed and to see if the person is the right one for the job

COVI – Thinking Skills – Critical Thinking Level 4

Level 4

College and Other Vocational Instructors

  • evaluate the programs and courses

COVI – Thinking Skills – Job Planning and Organizing 1

Own Job Planning and Organizing

College and Other Vocational Instructors plan and organize each day within the timelines of class schedules. They

  • plan and order instructions to meet the learning outcomes in course outlines
  • change how they teach to respond to students’ abilities and needs

Department heads may need to reorganize their job tasks to

  • accommodate students’ requests
  • respond to instructors’ needs
  • provide reports, projections and updates to college administrators

COVI – Thinking Skills – Job Planning and Organizing 2

Planning and Organizing for Others

Department heads plan and schedule the work of instructional staff.

Instructors may participate in strategic planning.

COVI – Thinking Skills – Use of Memory

College and Other Vocational Instructors need to remember

  • names of students who need extra help and learning resources
  • passwords needed to access computers, databases and video email messages

COVI – Thinking Skills – Finding Information Level 2

Level 2

College and Other Vocational Instructors

  • find information about students by
    • interviewing them
    • reviewing education and training records
    • communicating with other instructors
  • find information on industry trends and changes in their fields by
    • reading trade magazines
    • searching the internet
    • communicating with colleagues

COVI – Thinking Skills – Finding Information Level 3

Level 3

College and Other Vocational Instructors

  • gather data on course content by
    • talking with colleagues
    • reviewing course materials and outlines
    • asking for student comments