CCT Course
 

Professional learning objectives and standards

  1. Teachers will gain an array of tools and resources that enable them to equip their students to use critical and creative thinking across the curriculum and to solve problems (APST 3.3.2).

  2. Teachers will learn that creativity can not only be taught but it can be measured. Teachers will take away a range of CCT programming and assessment tools (APST 5.1.2).

  3. Many schools have included Critical and Creative Thinking or ‘the 4Cs’ as priorities in their school plan or Strategic Directions. The information in this course will give staff some means and methods to help them accomplish these in their school (APST 6.2.2).

Course outline

MODULE 1

  • DEFINING ‘CRITICAL THINKING’ AND ‘CREATIVE THINKING’ (CCT)

  • WHAT IS “CCT CAPABILITY”?

    • Thinking dispositions

    • Thinking skills

    • Thinking strategies

  • RATIONALE: WHY DOES EVERY STUDENT NEED THIS CAPABILITY?

    • For school now

    • For future work

    • For a changing world

  • ADDRESSING DECLINING CREATIVITY LEVELS

    • The “Creativity Crisis”

    • Are schools to blame?

    • The decline of free play 

  • DISPOSITIONS FOR LEARNING

    • What are “Dispositions”?

    • Why Teach Dispositions?

  • GETTING TO KNOW ‘THE SEVEN DISPOSITIONS’

  • HOW ARE DISPOSITIONS TAUGHT AND LEARNED? (PEDAGOGY)

  • CREATIVE THINKING SKILLS (PEDAGOGY)

    • How do students develop creative thinking skills?

    • How is creativity measured and assessed?

MODULE 2

  • CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS (PEDAGOGY)

    • How can students develop critical thinking skills?

  • ACROSS THE CURRICULUM! (THE K-8 LEARNING CONTINUUM)

    • How to add CCT to a unit in any KLA

  • CCT STRATEGIES AND TOOLS

    • Enabling students to use their CCT skills across the learning areas

    • Scaffolding students to solve every day problems

  • ASSESSMENT

    • Options for testing, feedback and assessment

  • HOW TO GET THE FREE MINDS WIDE OPEN K-8 PROGRAM AND RESOURCES!