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Higher Thinking Skills: The Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 – Thursday, August 01, 2013 |9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

  • For Educators
  • Fees Apply
Offered in Partnership with Marygrove College
Participants in this 3-day course will learn an effective model of promoting critical thinking and language skills through looking at art using the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS). VTS is a research-based teaching method that improves critical thinking and language skills through discussions of visual images. VTS encourages participation and self-confidence, especially among students who struggle. VTS is easy to learn and offers a proven strategy for educators to meet current learning objectives.
The skills required for success in higher education and 21st-century jobs require different approaches to teaching. This program will provide educators with the teaching and learning strategies they need to increase academic achievement.
- Uses art to develop critical thinking, communication, and visual literacy skills 
- Asks educators to facilitate learner-centered discussions of visual images 
- Engages learners in a rigorous process of meaning-making through the examination of visual images 
- Measurably increases observation skills, evidential reasoning, and meaning-making 
- Engenders the willingness and ability to find multiple solutions to complex problems 
- Uses facilitated discussion to enable students to practice respectful, democratic, collaborative problem solving skills that over time transfer to other classroom interactions 
- Uses eager, thoughtful participation that nurtures verbal language skills and promotes the development from oral to written ability 
- Produces growth in all students, from challenged and non-English language learners to high achievers 
- Underscores connections to art and strengthens the role of museums as a valuable resource in the lives of students 
To learn more about VTS, please visit www.vtshome.org.
Two Separate 3-Day Courses Will be Offered:
The first class will meet Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday, July 30 - August 1. The second class will meet Tuesday, Wednesday, &Thursday, August 13 - 15. Both classes meet 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the DIA's Holley Room located in the Wayne and Joan Webber Education Wing at the John R Groups and Events Entrance.
Sue Troia, Manager Docent Development, Learning and Interpretation Department
DIA Member Fee: $160 / Non-Member Fee: $190 / Student Teachers: $115
14 SCECH/CEU credits available
For more information and to register, please call 313-833-4005 
Click here to register online.
Please note that registration for this workshop closes on July 23, 2013.

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