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Camp: Critical Thinking, Building & Framing Great Arguments for Pre Teens

Mike Hatcher
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Do you like to argue? This is a 4-session class on decision-making and recognizing bad arguments.

Class Experience

US Grade 4 - 7
  • It’s my goal that students will gain an understanding of the following. (1) Problems and benefits of engaged learning. (2) Critical thinking steps before forming an opinion. (3) Spotting logic fallacies – and framing their thoughts with sound logic. (4) How these principles play out when reading, hearing lectures, and speaking.
In grad school, I took an upper-level class philosophy class taught by the head of the department. I was quickly embarrassed to realize that I was all over the place with my thinking and reasoning. I’d never been taught critical thinking and the Socratic teaching method of the professor just infuriated me. Some of the hardest books I ever read came out of that class. I both hated it and loved it. My learning path took a BIG change that year in my mid-30s. 

About the same time, I started homeschooling my 2 sons who were in the 4th and 8th grades. I headed down the road of the classical education philosophy which embraces the big education goal of learning to think. 

That was over 20 years ago. The classical model has shaped my learning and teaching. In many ways, I’ve become that professor who made me so mad in his philosophy class. I’ve grown to love helping others, just like I was, in how to think and how to learn based on a critical thinking model. I slip into this teaching method no matter the subject.
Homework Offered
• 3 Quizzes reviewing the main points of the previous class teaching topic and book review. • Class presentation and written summary following the framework assigned. • Class participation in discussions.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
• 3 quizzes (40%) • Participation in the class discussion (30%) • Student presentation and written summary (30%)
Grades Offered
 1 file available upon enrollment
I will review and summarize these books in class. It’s optional to read them. • Amusing Ourselves to Death, Postman • How to Read a Book, Adler • Mastering Logical Fallacies, Withey
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Joined April, 2020
Teacher expertise and credentials
Master's Degree
California Teaching Certificate
I've been teaching here on Outschool since May 2020. It has been my pleasure to teach more than 2200 students here this last year. I find that a dialog with parents is very helpful for encouraging success for students.

Truth, Beauty, and Goodness... 
Group Class


for 4 classes
4x per week, 1 week
45 min

Completed by 94 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 9-14
3-12 learners per class

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