Curriculum Studies

Roundtable

Teaching Children to Become Effective Thinkers

Friday, November 10
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: Exhibit Hall Roundtable 3

Teaching children to become effective thinkers is critical for their successful functioning in an ever-changing and complex world. The focus of this workshop is to present discrete cross-curricular thinking skills that enhance students’ ability to reason effectively, make judgments and decisions, and solve problems. Additionally, connections between critical thinking and ethical decision-making are emphasized. Participants are provided with examples of specific thinking skills, suggestions for infusing these skills into various content areas, and information for accessing online resources.

Carla B. Brigandi

Assistant Professor of Special Education
West Virginia University

Carla Brigandi is an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the College of Education and Human Services at West Virginia University. She holds a Doctorate of Educational Psychology with a focus on Gifted Education and Talent Development from the University of Connecticut. In 2015, she received the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Doctoral Student Award and in 2016, she received the NAGC Research and Evaluation Network’s Dissertation Award. Prior to earning her Ph.D., Carla was a classroom teacher for 15 years. She taught both mathematics and gifted education and in 2012, she was elected school educator of the year. She currently teaches undergraduate courses in special education and graduate courses in gifted education. Her research focus is on creating environments where children with gifts and talents thrive.

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