Northstar Continuing Education

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The cost of the 3 credit course which includes the text book is $385 dollars, and is payable by credit card, just click on the credit card icon. After payment we will send by email, a payment acknowledgment, registration information and the syllabus. The textbook will also be shipped at this time.


All of our continuing education and professional development classes can be completed on your time, at your convenience, whenever you want to study!




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



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.


Goals and Objectives

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.



The required text is:

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