Skeptical Classroom Resources

When I posted last week my own little experience concerning introducing skepticism and critical thinking into the classroom, I knew I was far from the first person to commit such ideas to writing. But since that post, I’ve become keenly aware of the vast amount of resources out there concerning how to introduce skepticism to students. There’s truly an embarrassment of riches out there for the eager teacher seeking advice.

What follows is a woefully incomplete but sincerely offered survey of some of these resources, with a focus on resources providing actual lesson plans for instructor use. If you’re an educator looking to inject a little critical thinking into your classes, I hope you find this list useful.

  • Matt Lowry, “The Skeptical Teacher,” has been blogging about skepticism in the classroom since 2009. His blog is a great place to go to read about a wide range of topics concerning the intersection of education and critical thinking. Of particular interest here is his own resource page on Skepticism in the Classroom, where he provides lesson plans including relevant links and documents.
  • As a skeptic, I am of course a fan of the Skeptic’s Dictionary. But I had never been aware that the website has a section for teachers, offering lesson suggestions for using the Skeptic’s Dictionary in the classroom. This one is of particular interest to those of us working with textbooks where the informational content may be valuable but the reading selections are lacking. Supplemental reading from the web is always welcome in my classroom.

Do you know of other lesson plan resources around the Web that help introduce skepticism and critical thinking into the classroom? If so, please share them in the comments below. I’m always interested in more ideas!

About Brian Hudson

Brian is an educator and freelance creator living in Dearborn, MI. He writes app reviews for http://www.appchronicles.com, blogs about Dungeons & Dragons at http://writer.hudsonweb.net, and podcasts about pocket-sized MMORPGs at http://www.massivelyportable.com.
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