Building Critical Thinking Skills and Infusing Creativity and Creative Thinking Skills into the Gifted and Talented Classroom (6-Hour)


Presenter: Bob Iseminger, Pieces of Learning
Core Area: Differentiated Curriculum
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 6

What good is a tool if we do not teach a child how to use it? If information is a tool, critical thinking skills are the key to making that information useful for our students. In this course, you will learn how technology in the 21st century has changed the way G/T students interact with information and how it helps them build critical thinking skills in the classroom and beyond.  

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The current cohort of high school students are the first in history to grow up as digital natives. That means they are the first generation to be surrounded by digital media since birth. At a time when information is more available than ever, critical thinking and creativity are at a low in our student populations. In Building Critical Thinking Skills and Infusing Creativity and Creative Thinking Skills into the Gifted and Talented Classroom, Bob Iseminger tackles these tough challenges with practical application for your G/T classroom.

In this 6-hour course, you will learn:

  • The definition of critical thinking
  • The many types of learning supported by the brain
  • Lower and higher level questioning The auditory/sequential and visual/spatial processes of the brain
  • Strategies for developing creative thinking
This course is aligned with 2016 ODE Teacher Competencies a, b, c, f, g and NAGC Teacher Preparation Standards 3.1, 5.1, 5.2.

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525 reviews for Building Critical Thinking Skills and Infusing Creativity and Creative Thinking Skills into the Gifted and Talented Classroom (6-Hour)

  1. Eileen – SPRING ISD (verified owner)

    This was such a great professional development courses. It made you feel like you were there.

  2. Melissa – BOERNE ISD (verified owner)

    Great course

  3. Karla – MCALLEN ISD (verified owner)

    Excellent course for building critical thinking and creativity into the classroom. Great ideas and strategies easy to implement.

  4. emily – DRIPPING SPRINGS ISD (verified owner)

    good pace

  5. Juan P. – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It provides teachers with more tools to use in the classroom while learning how to become more creative with their lessons.

  6. Andrea – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    This course was awesome!

  7. Megan – SPRING ISD (verified owner)

    I found this course to be very informative and useful.

  8. Alexandra – COLUMBUS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    I enjoyed the course and especially liked that all of the notes were available to read instead of only listening to the content.

  9. Lisa – SOCORRO ISD (verified owner)

    I enjoyed it. The presenter was professional and made it fun.

  10. James – Brazosport ISD (verified owner)

    I thoroughly enjoyed it. Speaker was an expert in his field.

  11. Patrick – MARION CITY (verified owner)

    It was good.

  12. Elizabeth – WESTERVILLE CITY (verified owner)

    Only module #4 was interesting to me.

  13. Mindy – CLEBURNE ISD (verified owner)

    Lots of new ideas and information! Thank you!

  14. Valerie – SOUTHWEST ISD (verified owner)

    Great course!

  15. Brenda – MCALLEN ISD (verified owner)

    I enjoyed learning new ways of challenging gifted students. I think the examples were great, especially because they were related to all content areas.

  16. Tammy – MERCEDES ISD (verified owner)

    Great information.

  17. Lauren – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed this course. I was glad to hear of a few things that I am already doing some form of in my class. I felt reassured that I am helping kids to think creatively, and it was a good confirmation of what I feel is beneficial for my learners. I also learned several new strategies such as Take a Stand and the Vocabulary Builder that I would love to try.

  18. Lauren – MARION CITY (verified owner)

    I think this course is extremely biased towards “gifted learners”. Our gifted students abilities are only as good as they are been developed to be and our identification of gifted learners is not perfect. I have students identified as “special ed” but can out-think “gifted” students any day. And at the end of the day, our students all take the same state evaluations and must perform at the same level. Why are we holding certain students back…

  19. Maria – CONROE ISD (verified owner)

    This course was very informative. It provided great strategies to use in the classroom.

  20. LETICIA – SAN FELIPE-DEL RIO CISD (verified owner)

    Very informative; good pace

  21. Cherie – SPRING ISD (verified owner)

    I could not find the handout, which would have been helpful. The quizzes were difficult to make a higher grade than a 75 on, but not because they were difficult. They were tricky.

  22. Carolyn – CONROE ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative. I got a lot of good information and strategies to try in my classroom

  23. Sarah – CONROE ISD (verified owner)

    Great ideas that you can bring back to your classroom immediately.

  24. Michael – SOUTHWEST ISD (verified owner)

    Great Course…great ideas to help GT Learners as well as all learners.

  25. Christina – SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (verified owner)

    Great course! Lots of refreshing ideas

  26. SCOTT – DEL VALLE ISD (verified owner)

    Interesting approach and good activities that you can use in class.

  27. Erin – SPRING BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    I enjoyed this session. It was interesting to think of all the ways that you can create new instructional practices.

  28. Kimberly – LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE CISD (verified owner)


  29. Rosario – ALICE ISD (verified owner)

    This was very helpful.

  30. Dulce – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Liked the strategies and I look forward to implement some in my classroom.

  31. Amber – NORTHSIDE ISD – SAN ANTONIO – REGION 20 (verified owner)

    I found this course to very informative. I will go back and use many of the strategies in my classroom.

  32. Miriam – SPRING ISD (verified owner)

    The best!!

  33. Maggie – New Lexington City Schools (verified owner)

    This course gives great strategies to meet ALL students in the classroom. It also gave examples on how to us it in each content, rather than just one or a few of them.

  34. Troy – SOCORRO ISD (verified owner)


  35. Elvia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    very informative

  36. Martha – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Very interesting activities not only for the gifted classes about also for the mixed classes.

  37. Ingryd – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Great example of activities that can be applied during math lessons.

  38. Monica – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


  39. Alma – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative and well-worth to watch course!

  40. Jordan – GALVESTON ISD (verified owner)

    I thought this course was very resourceful and provided A LOT and good information. Will definitely be using what I’ve learned from this training in the classroom.

  41. Matthew – BEAUMONT ISD (verified owner)

    It was an enjoyable course to take.


    Very informative!

  43. Lauren – HARMONY SCIENCE ACAD – SAN ANTONIO DISTRICT (verified owner)

    This course provides a lot of helpful activities that are sure to challenge G/T students without fear of leaving struggling students behind. I would highly recommend and encourage other educators to take a good look at these activities and think about how they can be used in the classroom.

  44. Patricia – ALAMO HEIGHTS ISD (verified owner)

    The modules are great. It is nice that if I get busy I can pause or just come back another day and pick up easily where I left off.

  45. Diane – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed this training.

  46. John – CANUTILLO ISD (verified owner)

    I really liked it because it gives you simple strategies that anyone can use in the class, regardless of subject or grade level. Also, you aren’t overwhelmed with too many strategies. They give them to you, tell you the logic behind them, and give you examples.I really liked it, and I learned a lot about how to use simple activities to get higher level thinking.

  47. BRENDA – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    The course not only backed up it’s theory with data and research, but also provided useful activities and techniques to readily apply in a real classroom.

  48. Misty – BOERNE ISD (verified owner)

    Excellent activities to implement in class right away!

  49. Matthew – GEORGETOWN ISD (verified owner)

    Very detailed. Thank you for the information.

  50. Veronica – MCALLEN ISD (verified owner)

    This course was exceptionally informative and filled with creative and engaging activities for students. Truly enjoyed it. Thank you.

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