Increasing the Level of Thinking in the Classroom

Thursday, 4 January 2024 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST

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Thursday, 4 January 2024 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST

Are you trying to increase the level of thinking in the classroom? Do you want to engage students in authentic dialogue about critical issues in texts? Then this workshop is for you! This presentation will cover the six levels of thinking in comprehension. The presenters will facilitate a discussion on how to assess higher level thinking, the importance of higher level thinking, and instruction in higher level thinking. This workshop is for primary teachers throughout the high school level.

Meganlyn Norris, Ed.D. Biography

Meganlyn Norris, Ed.D. is an Assistant Professor of Elementary Education at Kutztown University.  She holds a B.S. in Communications from Alvernia University, an Elementary Education and Middle Level English certifications from Gwynedd-Mercy University, a master’s degree in education with Reading Specialist Certification from Cabrini University, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership K-12 from Immaculata University.  

Before making the transition to higher education, Meganlyn held several positions in K-12 in both the Spring-Ford Area School District and the Pottsgrove School District.  Her most recent position K-12 was Reading Specialist and “District Reading Coordinator” in Pottsgrove.  Prior to that, Meganlyn had been a fourth and fifth grade classroom teacher in Spring-Ford.   

Catherine M. Gibbons, Ed D. Biography

Catherine M. Gibbons, Ed D. serves as a high school reading specialist and adjunct faculty member. She has a bachelor’s degree in special/elementary education, a master’s degree in special education/reading, and a doctoral degree in reading. Catherine is an adjunct professor with over 15 years of experience. She serves as the high school reading specialist at Gateway Regional High School. Catherine believes in using diagnostic assessment to guide my differentiated instruction in the classroom. 

This past year, she hosted a literacy event at her school district which included live multicultural dancers, Barnes and Noble, crafts, and food. She presented at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Along with Meganlyn Norris, Catherine is involved in a research group through Saint Joseph’s University that is working to develop a higher level thinking electronic multiple choice assessment to determine reading levels. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. She is also an avid runner.

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