Leadership and Critical Thinking Essay When considering a topic for this essay, I could not help but think of the time that Ashley High School won the Pleasure Island Seafood Chowder Cook-off. I was the general manager for Michaels’ Seafood Restaurant & Catering at Carolina Beach. For number of years we had employed interns from the culinary program at Ashley high school. That spring as the Seafood Chowder Cook-off was approaching, the students in the program wanted to participate in the cook off. I worked with the students in their classroom for four weeks leading up to the cook off. We discussed such things as preparation of their chowder, setting up their booth, getting permitted by the New Hanover County health department, and how to staff and operate their booth during the event. Each week we worked on a different topic. The week before the event I spoke with the students and about the importance of making a good impression for the school in the community. Never before had Ashley high school allowed a group of students to participate in a community event. The students had a chance to open the doors for future students in years to come. I explained to the students that all eyes would be on their booth. Their level of commitment and professionalism would be the key to their success. They had one major challenge to overcome, which was beating Michaels’ Seafood in the chowder cook off; we had been the chowder champions for previous five years. On the morning of the cook off, the students arrived early and very enthusiastic. I was very impressed with the team work and dedication they displayed. They set up their booth as required by the health department and earned their permit. They were then allowed to start to prepare their chowder and decorate their booth. You could feel the excitement in the air as the students work under pressure of the time restraint and under the eyes of the crowd that included judges, parents, and school officials. At 12 o'clock noon, when it was time to start giving out samples of their product, the students stayed busy and worked very hard for three straight hours. Everything that they had been practicing and preparing for during last month was finally coming together. At three o'clock that afternoon I learned that they had won the judge's choice, People's choice award was still up in the air. I pulled the students together and told them they probably were not going to win anything but if they did, some things to say, and people to thank when they got on stage. When it became time to announce the winners, the students gathered up in front of their booth arm and arm and holding hands, they look so…
Critical thinking means to systematically analyze, and assess each part for quality and then improve it. Understanding the process of thinking and reasoning and to use and analyze these elements of purposes, information, assumption, question, concept, implication, and points of view. All of these elements are present whenever we reason with one another. In my personal experience with using these elements of thinking…
Critical thinking, critical reasoning and validation define three key elements to a successful nursing practice. As nurses deal with daily challenges, they require vigilance on behalf of their patients, both fighting for the needs and desires of each individual they care for. Validation must also play a key role. All daily battles with life and death decisions begin with keeping all nursing staff striving for absolute excellence.
Critical reasoning, critical…
What is Critical Thinking?
Critical Thinking is a strong topic in the field of education. We are given the opportunity to test thinking skills, which will identify, emphasize and develop the use of solving problems, taking test, and engaging in discussion forums with other students. This strategy will improve the quality of one’s own thinking using skillful analogies, then assessing and reconstruction them.
Critical thinking is often used in everyday lifestyle,…
Critical Thinking Revisited?
Many lessons are learned in life. Some lessons are instructions on how to be polite, how much of a tip should be given for different services, and how to be professional. Another lesson not often taught in the workplace or at home, are the hows and whys of critical thinking. Critical thinking is an important skill and can be described as the careful and deliberate determination to accept, reject, or suspend judgment about a claim. In this, critical…
Critical thinking can be defined as the process an individual takes that includes thinking in a logical and sensible manner in order to make a rational decision. Critical thinking also requires an individual to think past their normal capacity or “outside of the box” while improving the quality of thought. “The thinker improves the quality of his or her thinking by skillfully taking charge of the structures inherent in thinking and imposing intellectual standards…
Steven L. Barker Jr.
Although the term, ‘Critical Thinking’ is in widespread use today, it wasn’t a popular term until relatively recently. Critical thinking became a hot topic over the last decade because of concerns that were expressed by international educators, business leaders, and other organizations. They were concerned that students weren’t being prepared for real life in the 21st century. This spurred education leaders…
April 9, 2012
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Debating, questioning, analyzing…
What is Critical Thinking?
Axia College of University of Phoenix
What is Critical Thinking? Does every need to think critically? Yes! If everyone just made assumptions on how they could do things, the world would be in chaos. Critical thinking is what helps everyone in his or her day-to-day decisions. No matter how big or small the decision everyone thinks critically.
Critical thinking is basically making…
Critical Thinking Application
October 19, 2011
Bill Crigger, SPHR, MS
Critical Thinking Application
As an underwriter who works in the small commercial field, the decision-making process is critical. When an account is under consideration controls that alleviate losses, years in business, type of business, and underwriting guidelines must be analyzed. An important step in the process is to decide first whether or not the account makes sense or has the potential for…