On August 28, Langley's entire faculty spent the day downtown taking part in a series of critical-thinking workshops at the National Gallery of Art and several Smithsonian museums. The morning session at the National Gallery centered around Harvard's Project Zero thinking routines, with teachers using pieces of art to practice a thinking routine. They explored how to use art in all disciplines and how these routines could be used to enhance student learning and critical-thinking skills.
In the afternoon, faculty attended a variety of sessions led by Smithsonian museum educators, including: Inquiry Through the Invention Process, Fostering Wonder Through Conversation and Community, Artwork as a Springboard for Inquiry and an Enhanced Global Perspective, Peeling the Fruit: Tracking and Guiding the Inquiry of Art, and the National Museum of Natural History Q?rius.
This unique professional development opportunity was a big hit with our faculty, providing them with strategies to generate a deeper level of critical thinking and observation in their students and helping them explore their own ability to think critically.