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Tools for Thinkers

September 7 - December 14, 2022


September 7 - December 14, 2022

Online - more information about how to connect will be sent after registration

Groups of 6 or more receive a 10% discount

In what ways might we leverage thinking strategy instruction to build student agency and understanding?

The purpose of thinking strategy instruction is to scaffold learners’ independence. Throughout this course, participants will experience and explore these tools to understand them first hand. Then, tasks will include planning how to introduce, practice and hand the strategies off to students. To this end participants will read professional texts, watch classroom videos, hear teacher interviews, and reflect in light of the PEBC Teaching Framework.

Learning Targets

  • Participants will experience the thinking strategies.
  • Participants will explore how thinking strategies support learners in making sense of challenging content.
  • Participants will investigate how thinking strategies bring a workshop to life.
  • Participants will plan thinking strategy instruction within a lesson and a unit.


  • Certificate upon completion of course (30 PD credit hours)
  • Downloadable course-related reading materials, excerpts of classroom videos, and course handouts


Dana Sorensen
PEBC Senior Director of High Performing Systems

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Course Overview

This course is organized into six modules; each module includes a welcome, some interactive direct instruction, choice readings, media and invitations to respond, class discussions, as well as an application task designed to deepen your understanding of thinking strategies and how to teach them. Your facilitators will respond to your work on the online learning management system, there to push your thinking and cheer you on.

  1. Elevating Thinking: Why incorporate thinking strategies?
  2. Research and Practice of Thinking Strategies: How do thinking strategies come to life?
  3. Planning for Thinking Strategies: How can our planning practices elevate thinking and heighten content understanding?
  4. Teaching Thinking Strategies: How do we teach thinking strategies?
  5. Scaffolding Thinking Strategies: How do we bring the thinking strategies to life during learners' work time?
  6. Metacognition:In what ways might we invite sharing and reflection about understanding?

We encourage all participants to register with one or more colleagues to provide the greatest opportunity for collaboration and learning for your team.

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