The goal of this course is to help you become a better critical thinker, which will help you as a student and in your everyday life. In this first week, we are looking at the elements of critical thinking, characteristics of a critical thinker, and barriers to critical thinking. After completing the Learning Activities for the week, please respond to all the questions below. Your response should be a minimum of 175 words total (approx. 50 words per question). Based on this weeks reading and activities, how would you define critical thinking? What are some characteristics of a critical thinker? What do you see as common barriers to critical thinking, and how might people overcome or avoid those barriers? Reflect on the learning activities, concepts, ideas, and topics covered this week. What is the most interesting activity or concept you learned this week? Mention any concepts that are still a bit confusing.