Teaching Our Children to Think

Course Number: PLAT-SPRING-19-22
GL Account Number: 20.2212.805.0075.6131.00275.1.02105
Model: Certified Teacher
Type: Professional Learning Action Team Workshops
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Path:
Beginning Date: 2/19/2019
Start Time: N/A
Location: VIRTUAL
Room: Online
Sessions: Online
Instructor: JESSICA ZURMUEHLEN
Credits: 1
Course Stipend: Yes
Stipend Amount: $300.00
Salary Credits: 1
Clock Hours: 12
Course Description: In an ever-changing world, teachers need to both deliver information and teach students HOW to think. We are uncertain what the world will look like when our students are adults or what specific jobs will be out there. One skill that will never be obsolete is the ability to be a great thinker. Explore ways to help your students become curious and capable learners through: Mental Organization Analytical thinking Critical thinking Creative thinking Applying thinking processes to new content

During this course, you will develop tools that apply directly to the content that you are teaching and cater to your students' abilities levels and interests.

How will this workshop initiate a new study or extend work you have begun into the following school year?

Stage 1 - Desired Results: Enduring Understanding(s) & Essentials Question(s): EUs: 1. Students need to learn HOW to think in order to keep up with an ever-changing world. 2. Thinking skills are cross-curricular and can be applied to any subject. 3. Thinking skills are skills that are used for life and will never be obsolete.

EQs: 1. In what ways will learning to think (critically, analytically, creatively) benefit students in school? 2. In what ways will learning to think benefit students outside of school?

Stage 1 - Desired Results: Knowledge & Skills Through thinking exercises, teachers will learn to engage students in their learning on a new level.

Teachers will learn the difference between mental organization, analytical thinking, critical thinking, and creative thinking. They will learn how to apply these skills to any content area. This will enable students to transfer knowledge to a variety of subject areas and settings and for their thinking skills to become life-long.

Stage 2 - Assessment Evidence: Teachers will design thinking activities and questions that directly relate to the content they teach and that are appropriate for their students' ability levels and interests.

Teachers will reflect upon why students need to learn to be analytical, creative, and critical thinkers and in what ways these skills will benefit them.

 
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