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Improving Student Thinking

3 Credits
Learn to maximize students' potential by fostering inquiry, which leads to knowledge and proficiency. It is imperative to help students manage learning situations that they will encounter in the real world. The overall goal of this course is to help modify current classroom materials and instruction into elements of critical thinking. The intention is to incorporate higher-order thinking activities into what the instructor is doing at present. 

NOTE: Required book must be acquired separately.

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Nadine McFadden

I enjoy teaching, at any level. I delight in the creativity involved, bringing new strategies and information, relish when the “light bulb” turns on, and have a passion for improving student thinking. I’ve been teaching for over 35 years and can honestly say I’ve learned as much from my students as, hopefully, they have from me. Here’s my educational background - My bachelor’s degree was a foreign language comprehensive. I subsequently went back and received a minor in consumer economics. My master’s degree was in curriculum studies with a concentration in reading. I was a member of the Coalition of Essential Schools. As such, I was a co-presenter at a Fall Forum workshop at Brown University in Provenance, RI. I’m a published author and was honored to be a member of Phi Kappa Delta. I have written and received several grants, including the Martha Holden Jennings grant which enabled me, as department chairman, to bring much needed technology into the classrooms of my department. Incorporating all of this into the courses I bring to my Fresno students is an absolute joy. I hope you benefit from this experience and I hope you challenge me as well because I truly enjoy the learning process.