March 7, 2001
Improving Student Thinking
is topic of annual conference for educators
PLYMOUTH – The education conference, “Improving Student Thinking” will be held at Plymouth State College on Wednesday, March 21. The morning features Dr. David Hyerle, an internationally known consultant and author.
During the afternoon, educators from Berlin, Meredith, Sunapee and Durham will present information on current issues including bullying policies, the “Responsive Classroom,” daylong kindergarten and the relationship of time to learning.
Dr. Hyerle, Director of Designs for Thinking, will familiarize the participants with Thinking Maps, an approach that helps teachers develop lessons that utilize visual tools and strategies to reinforce fundamental thinking patterns. Thinking Maps have been used extensively in over 1,500 schools, including a number in New Hampshire.
“Thinking Maps have applicability from pre-school settings to the workplace,” according to Ken Heuser, PSC professor of education. “The concepts have the potential for improving students’ scores on state tests since reading comprehension, writing skills, and thinking abilities are enhanced.”
Conference registration will take place at the Heritage Commons in Hall Residence Hall from 8:30-9 a.m. The annual Phi Delta Kappa honor society’s “Outstanding Contribution to Education” award will be presented during the morning session.
Pre-registration is recommended as attendance will be limited. Those interested should contact Dr. Ken Heuser at 535-2479. The fee for the conference is $55 and includes lunch.