In order to maximize students’ potential a teacher needs to foster inquiry, which leads to knowledge and proficiency. It is imperative to help students manage learning situations that they will encounter in the real world. The overall goal of this course is to help modify current materials and instruction into elements that provide more elements of critical thinking and to address cognitive skills that demonstrate understanding and analysis. The intention is not to omit standard criterion-based questions and evaluation, but rather to incorporate higher-order thinking activities into what the instructor is doing at present. Information in this course is in alignment with the Common Core Standards,, and with National Standards for the teaching profession that are available at