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Critical Thinking And Innovative Skills

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Learners in this course explore the development and application of critical thinking skills for all academic content areas in elementary, middle school, and high school settings. Participants identify the educational needs of students by exploring current instructional theories, models, and strategies; and state, local, and national standards as they relate to developing critical thinking skills in classroom teaching. Prospective educators develop skills in selecting and adapting delivery methods and behavior management plans for diverse individual students and student populations.

This graduate-level course is 6 This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6

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    Creating a Thinking Culture

    • Determine strategies to collaborate with families and community members to develop a thinking culture.

    • Collaborate with others to create learning environments that support individual and collaborative learning.

    Theories, Standards, and Strategies for Teaching Critical Thinking

    • Apply quality questioning strategies to academic content areas.
    • Identify multiple teaching perspectives within academic disciplines.
    • Identify strategies to provide students with equal access to academic content.
    • Identify Common Core State Standards, or other relevant state academic standards, that encourage critical thinking within academic disciplines.

    Framing Quality Questions

    • Design instruction to support a diverse student body.

    • Design instruction that supports quality questioning.
    • Design instruction to meet rigorous learning goals by integrating knowledge of academic content areas, curriculum, and cross-disciplinary skills.

    Using Technology to Promote Student Involvement

    • Integrate technologies into instruction effectively to promote critical thinking.

    Feedback and Assessment

    • Identify a variety of assessments to measure student progress in reaching content standards.

    • Identify appropriate feedback to encourage student progress in meeting content standards.

    • Identify a variety of assessments and feedback to encourage critical thinking.

    Responsible Learning

    • Integrate critical thinking instructional strategies into lessons to promote diverse student interest and engagement in the classroom. 
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