Date of Completion

Spring 5-26-2015

Document Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Peter J. Taylor

Second Advisor

Luanne Witkowski


In my experience Critical and Creative Thinking (CCT) will work to open minds and help transition a person. It can take someone from a place of not being open to challenges and having a closed mindset to one of openness and allowance for ambiguity and new ideas. This paper shows the transitions I have made in my career by way of a tragic incident and the structure I hope to create in a new class focusing on the college freshman. Included is a sample of the CCT curriculum I hope to teach to this class- both more thorough, concrete plans as well as less fleshed out, quite abstract outlines. By facilitating a new way of thinking, viewing and going through transitions in my student’s lives with the use of CCT I aim to help them to get through this upending time of their lives. My transition is parallel to the students in that we are both going to a new place in our lives. They will move on into the world as better thinkers and I hope to have less fear and more direction for the future as a teacher again.