Thinking skills are essential for school success in today's high-stakes testing environment. In this workshop, you will explore the importance of smart thinking skills in a context of high-stakes testing. You will learn the core formula for Smart Thinking in depth and examine the implications of this work for teaching and testing. Research suggests that smart thinking requires that students develop smart habits to maximize the quality of learning and knowledge acquisition and to be able to apply that knowledge when it is needed in the classroom.  Dr. Markman will tease apart the three elements of this formula and explore the research that supports them. He will then present exercises that aim to maximize smart thinking and student learning outcomes. These tools for smart thinking aim to go beyond improving short-term performance in the classroom to help students become lifelong learners.


The workshop runs from 8:15am - 2:30pm.

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At this seminar, you will learn information about:

  • Using cognitive science research to understand the core habits of smart thinking
  • Identifying thinking skills that help students maximize the quality of their learning, memory and knowledge
  • Developing lessons that encourage students to treat knowledge acquisition as an active process.
  • Infusing lessons with skills of critical and creative problem solving while maintaining high standards on student evaluations.
  • Enhancing knowledge of core principles of cognitive psychology that will enable teachers to continue to improve their knowledge about how students learn and think


This seminar is applicable for all professionals in education from K-12 with particular relevance to teachers and administrators in middle school and high school. 



kochArt Markman, PhD, is the Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin and Founding Director of the Program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations.  He has written over 150 scholarly works on topics including reasoning, decision making, communication and motivation and is the author of several books including Smart Thinking (2012), Habits of Leadership (2013), and Smart Change (2014).  He is also executive editor of the journal Cognitive Science.  Dr. Markman brings insights from cognitive science to broader audiences through his blogs at Psychology Today, Fast Company, and YouBeauty and his NPR radio show Two Guys on Your Head