Critical Thinking


Creating meaning, inferencing, classifying, categorizing, evaluating, synthesizing, questioning

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Walk-Ins Welcome on Saturday Mornings!!

with Shannon Siegler & Kate Shumway-Pitt

Sponsored by SERESC

Who Should Attend:

Intermediate elementary, middle and high school teachers of all subjects

About the Presentation:

This workshop highlights the opportunity that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) provide to focus on critical thinking. Teachers will participate in a number of engaging critical thinking activities that can be immediately implemented in all classrooms. Collegial discussion will guide teachers to frame questions, directions and activities in a way that promotes the rigorous thinking skills of the CCSS and begins to acquaint students with expectations of the Smarter Balanced Assessment.


Teachers will leave with a variety of critical thinking activities that can easily be adapted to immediately use in their classroom. They will also have an understanding of how to teach students to use their thinking skills to independently meet the expectations of assignments and assessments such as Smarter Balanced Assessment. Brainstorming discussion notes will be compiled and emailed to participants.



1. Goals of Presentation

2. Developmental Brain Intro. (Elements in Snake Pit Hook)

3. CCSS & Revised Bloom's Taxonomy Verbs (Thinking skills in Snake Pit Hook)

4. Activities that can be implemented in the classroom

About the Presenter's

Kate Shumway-Pitt

Beginning her teaching career in 1993, Kate had the joy of working in the primary and intermediate levels of elementary education before entering the middle school classroom as an eighth grade ELA teacher. Working with these young adolescents was an amazing privilege and source of inspiration for her. Having recently relocated to the NH Seacoast with her family, Kate is currently researching and writing while staying connected to middle school teachers and their students in hopes of providing valuable resources to them and opportunities to share their stories with one another.

Shannon Siegler

Shannon has worked with young adolescents for over twenty years and still loves every minute of it! Shannon began her teaching career in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area teaching in both Prince George's and Baltimore counties. After ten years of teaching English in urban middle schools, she moved to NH where she is currently teaches 8th grade ELA in Laconia Middle School. Throughout her career Shannon has worked with universities to educate in-service teachers and district councils to write curriculum and facilitate district initiatives.

Saturday, May 16, 2015


Check in starts at 8:00

Breakfast at SERESC

Certificate of Attendance available for 3 Contact Hours

$75.00 per participant

For Member District Discount: See your school district administrator for a code to use when you register online.

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SERESC Conference Center

29 Commerce Drive

Bedford, NH 03110


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