With the introduction of the Common Core State Standards and their focus on teaching higher level thinking skills for all students, it is critical that all teachers, not just AIG teachers, know how to promote higher level thinking and creative problem solving. In Western Carolina University’s four-course AIG licensure program teachers will learn to:
- Develop lesson plans based on models for higher level thinking including
- Paul’s Levels of Reasoning, William and Mary’s Integrative Curriculum Model, and the Creative Problem Solving Model.
- Implement problem and project-based learning.
- Differentiate content, process, product, and environment for all students.
- Develop unit plans that incorporate elements of models and methods used in gifted education such as Renzulli’s Enrichment Triad and Schoolwide Enrichment, Bett’s Autonomous Learner, Bruner’s Structure of a Discipline, and Kohlberg’s Discussions of Moral Dilemmas.
- Facilitate Socratic questioning and Paideia seminars.
- Develop authentic assessments that evaluate higher order thinking and knowledge.
In a one-week summer field experience on the WCU campus teachers will gain hands on experience applying what they have learned in their courses.
The four-course sequence is available online with the exception of of the one-week field experience which is held the last week in June. Classes can be completed in one calendar year and can be taken at the undergraduate or graduate level. If taken at the graduate level, courses can be applied to the MAEd in Gifted Education or the MAED in Elementary Education.
Please like WCU on Facebook (Gifted Education at WCU) and contact Sharon Dole at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. Teachers can apply by going tohttp://www.wcu.edu/academics/
Melinda A Cooper
Administrative Support Associate
School of Teaching and Learning
College of Education and Allied Professions
Western Carolina University
120 Killian Building