Higher Order Thinking

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Frequently misunderstood and always a concern of school administrators, Higher Order Cognition (HOC) is a very important pathway of learning.  Teachers want to emphasize the importance of higher order thinking in their lesson planning but often they don’t understand the different aspects of this construct.  In this webinar, we will explore the 7 different categories of higher order thinking and gain an understanding of how it is possible to have both areas of strengths and areas of challenges in this learning pathway. We will consider ways to enhance students’ higher order thinking skills and how to support students who struggle with these subsets of thinking.

Karen Kruger

Karen Kruger, MS, is the Director of Curriculum & Professional Development at the Charles Armstrong School in California, a school that serves children with language based learning disabilities. Prior to that position, Ms. Kruger was the Director of Education at Hidden Sparks, and served as Hidden Sparks’ Internal Coach Program school- based mentor, a regional facilitator, and the lead trainer for Title funded workshops. Ms. Kruger also served as a field facilitator and course instructor for Schools Attuned, teaching courses offered by All Kinds of Minds, developed curricula for workshops, and mentored and supervised teachers in grades K-12. A former adjunct professor at Bank Street College of Education, where she received her Master’s degree, Ms. Kruger has taught in elementary and middle schools.