Dodie Merritt

 

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Dodie, an educational consultant for Pieces of Learning is renowned for her co-development of the Primary Education Thinking Skills program (P.E.T.S.™), which is used in classrooms across the country. Dodie received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College, her teacher certification from Northern Illinois University, and her Masters in Teaching & Leadership from St. Xavier University.

Dodie has a rich background in education, having served as a teacher, gifted coordinator, graphic artist, educational consultant, and Future Problem Solving Coach.

Dodie has developed materials and educational workshops on curriculum differentiation in mixed ability classrooms, critical & creative thinking skills, independent study, product assessment, and the nature of giftedness. Her workshop titles are as follows:

Staff Development Topics:

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Primary Education Thinking Skills (PETS™)

  • Problem Solving Strategies for Primary Minds
  • Unlocking Talents in Special Populations through Primary Thinking Skills
  • PETS™ for Gifted Identification and Teacher Training

Critical & Creative Thinking Skills

  • Primary Education Thinking Skills (PETS™)
  • Integrating Critical & Creative Thinking Skills into Your Primary Classroom
  • Building Creativity: A Taxonomy of Strategies
  • From Questioning to Thinking: A Taxonomy of Choices

Differentiation

  • Curriculum Differentiation: A Concept Map
  • Curriculum Differentiation in Mixed Ability Classroom
  • Differentiating Your Curriculum: Product Options, Management, and Assessment
  • Differentiating Your Curriculum with BLOOMin’ Strategies
  • Independent Study for Innovative 21st Century Minds
  • Future Problem Solving Program
  • Questioning Strategies for Process Differentiation

Assessment

  • Solving the Assessment Problem: Piece by Piece
  • Product Differentiation, Management, and Assessment
  • Criteria Cards & Rubrics for Primary Learners
  • Criteria Cards & Rubrics to Simplify Assessment

Gifted Education

  • The Gifted Child: Fact or Fiction? Monster or Madonna? Sage or Slug?
  • Primary Education Thinking Skills (PETS™)
  • Unlocking Talents in Special Populations through Primary Thinking Skills (PETS™)
  • Gifted Education: A Parent-Teacher Collaboration
  • Mind Games: A Middle School Forum for Self-Awareness
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