Presenter: Bob Iseminger, Pieces of Learning
T-TESS Domain: Planning 1.1, Planning 1.4, Instruction 2.1, Instruction 2.2, Instruction 2.4
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Two heads are better than one. The wisdom of crowds. We know bringing people together can create great synergy, and this is true for the classroom as well. Learn strategies for creating discussion opportunities to add depth to students’ learning and strengthen their critical thinking skills in this course with Bob Iseminger.

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One of the best ways to help stimulate critical thinking skills — an essential part of students’ development — is to build discussion into the classroom. Whether in pairs, groups, or as a class, discussing content with one another challenges students to engage with the information at a higher level, while developing creative and critical thinking skills. In Strategies for Critical Thinking, Bob Iseminger walks through several methods for creating discussion opportunities in the classroom.

These strategies include:

  • Think-Pair-Share
  • Traveling talk
  • Grouping
  • Take a stand

Presenter Bio

Bob Iseminger has over 25 years of experience in public education as a classroom teacher, math resource teacher, and coordinator of a gifted education magnet center. He has worked in both urban and suburban settings at the elementary and middle school levels, and in a consulting capacity with high school students. Mr. Iseminger currently serves as a staff development consultant for school districts nationwide in addition to presenting at state gifted conferences. He is the co-author of several books including “Cultivating Classroom Conversations” and “Choice and Challenge: Engaging Anchor Activities for the Differentiated Classroom”. 

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8 reviews for Building Critical Thinking Skills and Infusing Creativity and Creative Thinking Skills into the Classroom – Strategies for Critical Thinking

  1. Nancy – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It provides very good strategies

  2. Orlando – ALICE ISD (verified owner)

    Speaker was informative

  3. Nyree – HUDSON CITY (verified owner)

    I felt the strategies were relevant to g/t students and could be easily implemented right way. The instructor did a nice job of explaining the rationale behind each strategy.

  4. Jennifer – VAN WERT CITY (verified owner)

    Good ideas for the classroom.

  5. Michelle – ALICE ISD (verified owner)

    This course was very helpful, and has strategies that I can use in my classroom IMMEDIATELY!

  6. Theresa – GALVESTON ISD (verified owner)

    I think the strategies in this course will work across the curriculum.

  7. Sylvia – VALLEY VIEW ISD PHARR – REGION 01 (verified owner)

    It has many strategies on how to build critical thinking skills in the classroom.

  8. Cynthia – MERCEDES ISD (verified owner)


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