Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
Core Area: Instructional Planning and Delivery 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F; Knowledge of Students and Student Learning 2B, 2C; Content Knowledge and Expertise 3A, 3B; Learning Environment 4D; Data-Driven Practice 5A; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 6A, 6B, 6D
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Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Helping students develop critical thinking skills is a primary objective for educators across the board, but many teachers find that defining and cultivating critical thinking skills is trickier than it appears. Join Lisa Van Gemert, former teacher, administrator, and Youth Ambassador for Mensa, for this 1-hour course, and learn the basics of critical thinking theory, practical applications to increase critical thinking in your classroom, and how to define critical thinking in a meaningful way.  

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What is critical thinking, and how can you help your students develop the skills they need to utilize it in a meaningful way? Join Lisa Van Gemert, former teacher, administrator, and Youth Ambassador for Mensa to learn the basics of critical thinking theory and practical applications to increase critical thinking in your classroom.

In this 1-hour course you will discover: 

  • How to define critical thinking in the classroom
  • Applications and tools to increase critical thinking in your classroom
  • The basic theories behind critical thinking in the classroom, and how to utilize them

Presenter Bio

Lisa Van Gemert shares best practices in education with audiences around the world using a combination of neuropsychology, pedagogy, experience, humor, technology and sheer fun. She is an expert consult to television shows including Lifetime’s “Child Genius,” and a writer of award-winning lesson plans, as well as numerous published articles on social psychology and pedagogy and the book, Perfectionism: A Practical Guide to Managing Never Good Enough. A former teacher, school administrator, and Youth & Education Ambassador for Mensa, she shares resources for educators and parents on her website giftedguru.com and is co-founder with Ian Byrd of the Gifted Guild, a professional community for educators of the gifted. Lisa and her husband Steve are the parents of three sons and live in Arlington, Texas. 

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226 reviews for Introduction to Critical Thinking in the Classroom

  1. Eduardo – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    great course

  2. Lindsey – MIDWAY ISD – WOODWAY (verified owner)

    Lisa’s courses are always wonderful, and this one is no exception. Please add more!! I love the interactive nature and the fact that she models what she is teaching through the course. I have strategies I can use immediately and the notes page she provides is very helpful. Great course!

  3. Antonia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    very helpful!

  4. Diana – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    This course offers a variety of techniques for increasing critical thinking and explains what critical thinking is composed of.

  5. Taren – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    I loved this! It was so easy to follow and I learned a lot.

  6. Cecilia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


  7. Angelique – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Great course.

  8. Veronica – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    This course was great!

  9. Sylvia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Excellent and very informative.

  10. Diana – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It was an eye opener on how to approach asking critical thinking questions.

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