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Course Description

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

Learner Outcomes

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.

Notes

This course is available for variable credits. Please check section information to ensure you are registering for the desired number of credits.

Testimonials

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

 

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Section Title
Are They Thinking? Simple Strategies to Change Your Classroom Culture
Delivery Options
Various Media  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (2 units) $470.00
Available for Credit
2 Quarter Credits
Instructors
Reading List / Textbook

Creating Cultures of Thinking: The 8 Forces we Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools by Ron Rittchart

Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners by Ron Rittchart, Mark Church, and Karin Morrison

Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with The Innovative Northwest Teacher (TINT)


Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.


Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.

Section Title
Are They Thinking? Simple Strategies to Change Your Classroom Culture
Delivery Options
Various Media  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (3 units) $660.00
Available for Credit
3 Quarter Credits
Instructors
Reading List / Textbook

Creating Cultures of Thinking: The 8 Forces we Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools by Ron Rittchart

Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners by Ron Rittchart, Mark Church, and Karin Morrison

Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with The Innovative Northwest Teacher (TINT)


Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.


Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.

Section Title
Are They Thinking? Simple Strategies to Change Your Classroom Culture
Delivery Options
Various Media  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (4 units) $790.00
Available for Credit
4 Quarter Credits
Instructors
Reading List / Textbook

Creating Cultures of Thinking: The 8 Forces we Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools by Ron Rittchart

Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners by Ron Rittchart, Mark Church, and Karin Morrison

Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with The Innovative Northwest Teacher (TINT)


Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.


Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.

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