Divergent vs Convergent – Critical Thinking Within the Classroom

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Divergent vs Convergent – Critical Thinking Within the Classroom

$ 20.00

Presenters: Heather Clark, OAGC
Core Area: ODE Teacher Competency a, b; OAGC HOTS; Curricular Content Knowledge 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4; Instructional Planning and Strategies 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5
Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Critical and creative thinking are necessary elements of a classroom designed for all learners, especially to challenge gifted students who can struggle with divergent thinking. Join Heather Clark, the Gifted Coordinator for the Licking County Educational Service Center, for this 1-hour course to learn the defining features of divergent and convergent thinking, the strengths and weaknesses of each, and how to incorporate each type of thinking into classroom instruction.  

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Divergent and convergent thinking aren’t opposites; they are partners in facilitating creative and critical thinking. Join Heather Clark, the Gifted Coordinator for the Licking County Educational Service Center to learn the defining features of divergent and convergent thinking, their strengths, weaknesses, and how to incorporate each type of thinking into classroom instruction.

In this 1-hour course you will explore: 

  • The differences between divergent and convergent thinking
  • How divergent and convergent thinking can work together to facilitate critical and creative thinking
  • How to adapt classroom activities to encourage creative and critical thinking
This course addresses the following standards: 
ODE Competencies: a, b
NAGC Standards: 3, 5

Click here for a leader’s guide created by the Ohio Association for the Gifted and Talented.

Heather Clark has packed a wealth of experience into her 12 years as a professional educator, serving a variety of roles as a teacher and also as a leader through curricular administration. With a masters in STEM education, Heather has worked with and championed for gifted students from the very beginning. She now serves as a Gifted Coordinator for the Licking County Educational Service Center, splitting her time and expertise between two Central Ohio districts. Heather’s experience with urban, suburban, and rural populations make for a well tested knowledge base and a sensitive application of the best educational practices, ones that are both student centered and practical. She lives in Blacklick, Ohio with her supportive husband and two young sons that constantly keep her moving.

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