Catholic schools already on board
All the Catholic schools - in part or in full - who have participated in Minds Wide Open training and/or are actively using the Minds Wide Open Program and classroom resources.
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FAR NORTH COAST Design Thinking, PBL & CCT Workshops
Friday October 26
Ocean Shores Country Club
Saturday October 27
Lismore Workers Sports Club
Minds Wide Open trains and equips teachers to implement learning that promotes critical thinking, empathy, creativity, resilience, collaboration and problem-solving ability.
As classroom teachers embed Contemporary and Authentic Learning practices into their lessons students will require specific skills and dispositions for Creativity and Innovation, Communication and Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving if they are to engage actively and purposefully in their learning.
At Minds Wide Open our professional learning courses and classroom resources recognise that students learn authentically when they:
accept responsibility and take initiative for their learning
think critically, flexibly, creatively and compassionately
make informed and just decisions
At Minds Wide Open we recognise that teachers teach authentically when they:
- utilise a range of effective pedagogies
- develop a culture of critical thinking enabling students to take responsibility for their own learning
- connect the knowledge of learners with relevant, real life experiences.
For example, in our 5-hour NESA-endorsed course – ‘Minds Wide Open: Critical and Creative Thinking Across the Curriculum’ – teachers are shown how to develop critical and creative thinking capability in their students so they are able to engage deeply in authentic learning tasks across the learning areas. And through the explicit teaching of dispositions teachers can empower their students to become lifelong learners, who contribute to society, and the wider world, as active and discerning citizens.
And in our other 5-hour NESA-endorsed course – ‘Design Thinking Across the Curriculum: Deeper Learning through Real-World Projects’ - we recognise that students learn authentically when they:
- engage in work that is rigorous and challenging;
- make connections between the material being learned, and their own lives and experiences;
- exercise choice as they pursue their own passions and interests;
- apply knowledge and skills creatively in a range of situations.