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Teaching Students How to Think Critically: Improving Executive Functioning and Comprehension Skills

EDUC 600




Instructor: Michelle Kalina

Grading: Graded

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Correspondence

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Course Fee: $150

Class Offered Through Northstar Continuing Education

Course Description:

Teaching children higher-order thinking skills has always been a challenge for educators. Course participants will learn how to instruct students to think critically, organize thoughts and materials, learn self-reflection skills, as well as how to increase reading, oral and written language comprehension, and math skills. Many students in our classrooms lack the ability to evaluate the information they receive and make sound decisions that will help them succeed academically and achieve personal fulfillment.


As a result of participation in this course, students should:

1). Define executive function skills and describe impact on student learning and thinking skills.

2). Learn specific interventions to increase reading and language comprehension, writing and math skills.

3). Learn how to teach metacognitive strategies throughout the school curriculum.

4). Understand the development of comprehension skills and the causes behind reading comprehension difficulties.

5)  Increase working memory, discourse and pragmatic skills for K-12 students.


Meltzer, L. (Ed.). (2007). Executive Function in Education: From Theory to Practice. New York: Guilford Press.

Textbook(s) not included in the cost of the course.

About The Instructor

Michelle Kalina
Michelle Kalina

Michelle Kalina earned an M.S. in Speech/Language Pathology from the University of Wisconsin, Steven's Point. Michelle also has a B.S. in Communicative Disorders and a B.A. in German and History, with a minor in Russian. Michelle is ASHA and DPI certified in Early Childhood through Adult Populations in Educational Settings. Michelle has over 17 years of experience as a speech/language clinician.


**Registration Instructions:

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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