EDST 498Q: Core Competencies and the Thinking Classroom

July 4 – July 21 (Monday to Thursday*) |  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Format: In-person


The intent of the course is to assist practicing teachers to increase their understanding of

  • their personal learning philosophies and what it means to “think”
  • Implement Making Thinking Visible routines developed by Ritchhart and Church and Harvard Project Zero and how they can be used in their classroom practice,
  • Metacognitive strategies, goal setting, and reflection,
  • Exploring BC’s Core Competencies and their alignment within classroom practice.

Students will engage in activities that exercise thinking routines, apply relevant routines to a unit of study, and create a physical or digital escape room exploring one topic from their topic of study. The course will explore various mediums of art, video, text, and regular discussion.

After this course, participants will:

  • deepen their understanding of “thinking” and create opportunities for students to “critically think”
  • craft or configure previous lessons/a unit of study utilizing visual thinking strategies from Making Thinking Visible and/or The Power of Making Thinking Visible
  • understand their subject’s core competencies
  • increase their metacognition strategies and routines
  • reflect on their learning, perspectives, connections, and development of materials
  • create either a physical or digital escape room activity exploring one topic from their subject of study.

Kirsten Oleksewich

Kirsten is grateful to have grown up within the ancestral, traditional, and unceded territory of the Syilx/Okanagan Nation. She has been teaching English in the Central Okanagan for the last 8 years. She recently earned her Masters in Education in 2021 investigating escape room design and implementation. She is excited to continue to learn and contribute to the UBC Okanagan community.

How to register

To register for courses, please visit the Student Information Service Centre (SISC).

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC).

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm transfer credit will be approved prior to registering for a UBC Okanagan course.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have current Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm approval of transfer credit prior to registration.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Apply to take select coursework as a non-degree student at through the Non-Degree Access Studies Application.

If you require assistance, please email sie.education@ubc.ca

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the  Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have current Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.