The Minds Wide Open K-8 Critical and Creative Thinking Program is both evidence-informed and Australian Curriculum-linked.
Who is this program for?
This is for teachers who want a straightforward way to develop skills in their students for Project-Based Learning / Inquiry-Based Learning, creative problem solving, design process and Authentic 21st Century Learning.
The program gives teachers the tools needed to integrate critical and creative thinking (CCT) into their classroom programs and daily routines. It's broken down into just three parts and can be applied to any subject or situation without requiring after hours preparation.
The Minds Wide Open program includes: program documents, teaching units, lesson plans, K-8 learning continuum, classroom posters, interactive songs, activity cards, instructional videos, assessment rubrics, student worksheets/blackline masters, merit certificates and more - all organised into relevant stages and fit for purpose. All learning activities for students are evidence-based and curriculum-linked.
The Three Steps
We took something complex and made it simple!
"a persons inherent qualities of mind and character" (ACARA)
Get the attitude and mindset right. The student must be WILLING, otherwise the rest is a waste of time.
"the ability to do something well; expertise" (ACARA)
The student needs to be ABLE. With the DESIRE in place, provide opportunities to develop skills through practice.
Strategies & Tools
"a plan of action designed to achieve a long-term or overall aim" (ACARA)
The student needs to be EQUIPPED with the right tools for the right job. Now that the student is WILLING and ABLE, teach them how to accomplish their goals independently.
Pioneer & Contemporary Researchers
The Coloured Thinking Caps
A go-to tool that students can use to solve any problem.
The Coloured Thinking Caps Scaffolding is based on research and best practice of 'what works' for the creative problem solving and design process.
Six simple steps to solve any problem.
The suite of CCT Crunches thinking exercises has been informed and inspired by learning goals identified in the Australian Curriculum's Critical and Creative Thinking syllabus and based on findings from over fifty years of creativity research.
Just a few minutes a day is all you need to make a world of difference!
Meet Captain Disposition! A new superhero (and assistant teacher) who can motivate your primary-age pupils to use the seven superpowers for lifelong learning and problem solving.
The Seven Dispositions
The Seven Dispositions are the pro-active traits of high achievers and successful learners.