Keiley Beckstead, Nicole Johnson & Kristen Harrington, 1st Grade, Westview Elementary
Articles Used for Professional Development:
Critical Thinking in the Elementary Classroom: Problems and Solutions by Vera Schneider
An Interview with Linda Elder: About Critical Thinking and Gifted Education by Randy Seevers
Three Brain-Based Teaching Strategies to Build Executive Function in Students, by Judy Willis
Critical Thinking Strategies Guide, Mentoring Minds
Critical Thinking Skills and the Intervention Specialist, by Victoria Zascavage
Barbour: Transforming Special Education by Building Critical Thinking Skills, by Kristin Barbour
Engaging Special Education Students in Higher Levels of Literacy, Educator's Voice
Deb Grossl, Leslie Maddox & Marty Marker, Special Education, Westview Elementary
Mindy Andrews, 3rd Grade, Westview Elementary
Emily Rasmussen, 5th Grade, Westview Elementary
Caitlin Lash, 5th Grade, Westview Elementary
Dana Barnes, Reading Coach, Westview Elementary
Critical Thinking Research... A Collection of Webinars, Articles and the Missouri Art Ed Conferences. I chose to delve deeper in to critical thinking and what it means in the art room. Through my research I have discovered that one of the most basic ways to get students to think critically is to give them CHOICE! Choices about what and how to create, choices to explain and defend their reasoning for making them, choices about where to sit and how hard to work at something. I have known about Choice Based Art Education for some time now and never really bought into the idea until now. I plan to continue my choice research as I begin implementing TAB (Teaching for Artistic behavior) and Choice into my room. I created this CHOICE moral/collage to hang in my room as a daily reminder of how important it is to let the students choose.
Traci Pierson, Art Teacher, Westview Elementary
In November 2015, I took an online course at Mid-America Nazarene College entitled, “Motivational Mentoring”. My objective for taking this class was to learn how to become a more effective mentor and communicator to staff and community volunteers. The course focused on several main topics and ideas: 1) the distinction between Coaching and Mentoring, 2) the characteristics and skills necessary to be an effective mentor, and 3) learning how to examine my own character, traits, and skills as a mentor.
Here are a few key points:
Margaret Solis, School Counselor, Westview Elementary
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