Brad Batdorf Explains how to Encourage Higher-Level Thinking in Your Homeschool

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CHART online seminars continue with a new topic—developing critical-thinking skills. On December 9, Brad Batdorf explains how homeschool parents can encourage their children to exercise higher-level thinking.

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the students have not mastered the higher-level thinking skills that are required for success—not just on tests—but in life.

The next CHART online seminar, scheduled for Tuesday, December 9, at 2:30 p.m. (EST), features Brad Batdorf (MA) suggesting techniques for developing higher-level thinking skills in homeschool students. Brad will explain the biblical rationale for encouraging higher-level thinking skills. He then plans to offer the means of teaching for comprehension and critical-thinking. He will also emphasize practical ways that homeschool parents can use both their curriculum and teaching methods to promote higher levels of cognition.

Brad Batdorf holds a BS in science education from Bob Jones University and a master’s degree in biology education from the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. After teaching secondary classes in a Christian school for three years, Brad moved into the world of museum and zoo education, communicating with audiences on various levels and creating programs that addressed all aspects of the living world. As the supervisor for BJU Press Secondary Authors, he now manages the development of BJU Press curriculum in all subject areas for grades 7–12. Brad is currently pursuing a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at BJU.

Brad has seen students spend hours studying for a test only to be frustrated with the outcome. “Often this happens because the questions are not worded in a way that helps the student recall the information,” Brad says. “Many math students breeze through basic computations but stop cold when faced by story problems.” In these cases, the students have not mastered the higher-level thinking skills that are required for success—not just on tests—but in life. “This seminar lays the biblical foundation for learning with comprehension and developing critical thinking,” Brad explains. “You will learn ways to help your child develop and practice strategies that promote lifelong learning.” He will also introduce Bloom’s Taxonomy that offers an excellent means of developing comprehension and critical-thinking.

Join Brad Batdorf and CHART host Monique Cook, homeschool mom of four, on Tuesday, December 9, at 2:30 p.m. (EST) for the next CHART online seminar. The seminar is free, and the only software requirement is a web browser and Adobe Flash. Visit to sign up for a free login or view information about future seminar topics.

CHART online seminars are hosted by BJU Press. BJU Press exists to encourage Christian character in students and promote academic excellence through the provision of K4–grade 12 educational materials and support services. In addition to textbooks and materials, we offer homeschool testing services, distance learning programs, and other homeschool resources.


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