This course will change the way you think and interact with your students. It will give you the tools to change the way your students think and will help you to create a culture of thinking with simple strategies you can use today. Thinking is at the heart of learning but is not often explicitly taught, valued, and nurtured in our students. It is difficult to know how to encourage and engage students in high-level thinking without explicit strategies and techniques. Throughout this course you will evaluate your current teaching practice and increase student engagement, interest and learning with simple, effective thinking strategies you can implement right away in all content areas. You will work out of two excellent texts: Creating Cultures of Thinking and Making Thinking Visible.Grade levels: K - 12
This course will support teachers in:
- Evaluating their current practice
- Understanding and establishing Thinking Routines
- Creating an action plan
- Analyzing and understanding the impact of expectations, language, time, routines, modeling, student opportunities, interactions, and learning environment on student thinking and learning
- Creating an environment where thinking is valued, visible, and actively promoted.
NotesThis course is available for variable credits. Please check section information to ensure you are registering for the desired number of credits.
This class has been excellent! I feel like it was a really worthwhile use of time and energy and all of it has paid off by forcing me to switch up what I teach in an intentional way. Yes, this takes time, but it can also end up being a motivating force when the results of my efforts were so evident. Furthermore, they didn’t require too much in the way of time because the format (thinking routines) were already offered up. This made it really easy to amend my lessons to include more of a thinking focus. - Winter 2018 Student
I love that this class pairs so nicely with the work I have been doing as an AVID leader. Hearing the strategies in a day or so of Professional Development is so much different than spending meaningful time studying, exploring, risking, and implementing. Ongoing study with reflective assignments and analysis holds you accountable and it gives the strategy purpose. - Winter 2018 Student
I really appreciated this class. It exceeded my expectations. I really loved that the books are both inspirational (I want to go be better!) and practical (here’s how I can start!). I thank you for your feedback and for offering the course. - Winter 2018 Student