THE ONLY CRITICAL THINKING PROGRAM DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR THE URBAN STUDENT

The FlexTIM critical thinking course is an interdisciplinary English/Social Studies course designed to prepare urban students for the rigors of the college experience.  The course focuses on helping students analyze social issues, improve reading comprehension and develop critical thinking skills using a proven annotation technique combined with the Critical Inquiry Method.  The course also uses syllogistic structures to help students make logical inferences from direct and indirect stated ideas ‒ helping them make connections between the text and their own experiences and knowledge. 

USING THE FLEXTIM CURRICULUM

FlexTIM is structured in units, with each unit being comprised of ten lessons and culminating with a written or work product assignment (e.g., moot court summation, investigative TV news report, developing an infomercial, debating a wedge issue, creating a speech, etc). Each unit lesson features a lecture and corresponding lab activity for each day. The focus is on the application and practice of developing critical thinking strategies, while applying inductive and deductive reasoning skills through discussion, problem solving, collaboration, lab work, essay writing and work product development.

 

Finally, FlexTIM helps students expand their data analysis skills by comparing studies related to social wedge issues in current day American politics. In order to truly understand the pros and cons of issues, students must have the ability to effectively evaluate the quality of the evidence, and identify the assumption, biases and reasoning fallacies that went into the data collection and analysis.

All the FlexTIM lessons, reading assignments, classroom lab activities, homework assignments, quizzes, writing assignments and work product assignment are housed on the FlexTIM DVD. All answer sheets and Powerpoint flash cards require a password for access (which is provided to the school’s FlexTIM administrator). Each  computer should be configured to make it easy to navigate FlexTIM.

FlexTIM is structured in units, with each unit being comprised of ten lessons and culminating with a written or work product assignment (e.g., moot court summation, investigative TV news report, developing an infomercial, debating a wedge issue, creating a speech, etc). Each unit lesson features a lecture and corresponding lab activity for each day. The focus is on the application and practice of developing critical thinking strategies, while applying inductive and deductive reasoning skills through discussion, problem solving, collaboration, lab work, essay writing and work product development.

 

Finally, FlexTIM helps students expand their data analysis skills by comparing studies related to social wedge issues in current day American politics. In order to truly understand the pros and cons of issues, students must have the ability to effectively evaluate the quality of the evidence, and identify the assumption, biases and reasoning fallacies that went into the data collection and analysis.

The FlexTIM program has been tested and incorporated in several private colleges, state colleges and universites, including:

 

  • Warren Community College 

  • Kean University 

  • Jersey City University (Critical Thinking)

  • The College of New Jersey 

  • College of Saint Elizabeth 

  • Rutgers University 

  • State University of New York 

  • NY State Educational Opportunity Centers
     


 

Halsey Street has been publishing curriculums and topic-specific study guides since 1995. Our first publication, The Teacher’s 45-Minute Internet Course Book (1995), was used by more than 40 colleges and universities and dozens of school districts. Today we publish the FlexTIM Critical Thinking Course and Curriculums for dozens of colleges. We also design Solar PV Courses and Curriculums for colleges, school districts, and community colleges.

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