Using Inquiry, Discussion, and Experience to Develop Critical Thinkers and Inspire Lifelong Learning (prev #: EDU-X737I)

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Course Description

Promote Student-Centered Learning to Increase Critical Thinking Skills

Using Inquiry, Discussion, and Experience to Develop Critical Thinkers and Inspire Lifelong Learners promotes the real-world skills and lifelong learning all educators hope to foster by eliciting certain high-level responses among students:  careful observation, cooperation, clear thinking and planning, persistence, resourcefulness and adaptability.  Such responses are not demanded by the traditional classroom environment per se, but result from encouraging students to bring their insight and discoveries to the material, as well as interact with each other and the world beyond the classroom.

The course provides methods and examples to improve existing units and create new ones to satisfy any course’s objectives by including a variety of strategies, such as student-led discussion, self-evaluation and reflection on their own learning, ability and growth, as well as student choice to follow their inspiration.

This course was developed to enable teachers to see and experience the effectiveness of teaching styles which create authentic and meaningful experiences while adhering to state and national standards.

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for teachers (K-12). Coursework is adaptable for elementary grades.

Course Materials: Text, Socratic Circles: Fostering Critical and Creative Thinking in Middle and High School, by Matt Copeland, available at your local bookstore or online at Amazon.com and Text, Habits of Mind Across the Curriculum: Practical and Creative Strategies for Teachers, by Arthur Costa, available at your local bookstore or online at Amazon.com.

Technical Requirements: Internet access is required.

Course Options

Course Date Units Price
EDU-X700P – 008 Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $376

IS/Using Inquiry, Discussion, and Experience to Develop Critical Thinkers and Inspire Lifelong Learning (prev #: EDU-X737I)

Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled
3
$376
Independent Study
Marisa Thompson

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What You Will Learn

  • Create guiding questions that foster inquiry and discussion for teaching units
  • Understand and apply the Socratic seminar method to increase student engagement
  • Understand and apply Habits of Mind methods to enhance learning
  • Create a unit plan that incorporates all aspects of the course materials, from immersion stage to culminating project

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