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Program Intro


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Program Intro


The MINDS WIDE OPEN K-8 Critical & Creative Thinking Program


The program is both evidence-informed and Australian Curriculum-linked

The Program's resources are curated into a simple 3 step program


 

About the CCT program and teaching resources

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.

 

We've done the organising for you!

'CCT.education' hosts the Minds Wide Open CCT Program. It's an online resources portal from which you can directly teach! It's all there categorised and organised so you don't have to... ever again! (it's You know it's a good sign when the Minds Wide Open staff use it in the classroom, not because they have to, but it's that convienient!  Don't believe us? There's only one way to find out... CCT.Education

 

 


ALL the resources are FREE

All the teaching resources which make up the program are FREE when you participate in any Minds Wide Open official traning.


 
 
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Research


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Research


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From Empirical Studies to the 21st Century Classroom


 

BEST PRACTICE & PEDAGOGY

 
Transdisciplinary research is building bridges between education, psychology and neuroscience, and helping educators in schools better understand critical educational issues.
— Australian Council for Educational Research, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of research and development hours synthesised into the 3-step MINDS WIDE OPEN CCT PROGRAM

CCT Capability: Creative, innovative, enterprising and adaptable with the motivation, confidence and skills to use critical and creative thinking purposefully.

Minds Wide Open

Linking neuroscience, psychology, pedagogy and curriculum in the field of primary & middle school critical and creative thinking.

The research on how to achieve CCT CAPABILITY and the history behind the evidence-based resources...


 
Best Practice and Pedagogy
 

Pioneer & Contemporary Researchers


E.P. TORRANCE
Educational psychologist & researcher
The "Father of Creativity"
Designer of the 'Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking

J.P. GUILFORD
Educational psychologist & researcher
Identified divergent and convergent thinking

JAMES C. KAUFMAN
Educational psychologist & researcher
Creativity can be taught

REX JUNG
Neuropsychologist/Brain imaging researcher
Creativity can be measured

PETER GRAY / JAAK PANKSEPP
Psychologist /neuroscientist
The purpose and power of play


CCT CRUNCHES
A set of playful brain training exercises to help students boost their critical and creative thinking skills


 

A.F. OSBORN
Creativity theorist
The "Father of Brainstorming"

S.J. PARNES & D.J. TREFFINGER
Educational psychologists & researchers
Co-creators and developers of the 'Creative Problem Solving Method' (CPS)

DAVID KELLEY
Co-founder of IDEO and conceiver of 'Design Thinking'
Empathy to innovation

DAVID PERKINS
Harvard Research Professor
Making thinking visible

MONIQUE VOLMAN
Pedagogic theorist and researcher
Scaffolding works


THE COLOURED THINKING CAPS
A scaffolding to assist students with problem solving and the design process


 

ART COSTA
Emeritus Professor of Education
Dispositions for success

 

SHARI TISHMAN
Harvard researcher
Dispositions are foundational for learning

 

RON RITCHHART
Senior Research Associate
Creating a culture of thinking

 


CAPTAIN DISPOSITION
Empowering students with the 7 dispositions of successful learners and problem solvers


 


 
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3 Steps


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3 Steps


3 steps

 

The 3 Steps

We took something complex and made it simple! 

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CCT crunches skills button
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Get the attitude and mindset right

Captain Disposition Primary School


DISPOSITIONS

"a person's inherent qualities of mind and character"

The student must be WILLING, otherwise the rest is a waste of time.


 

With the desire in place, provide opportunities to develop skills through practice

CCT Crunches Primary School


SKILLS

"the ability to do something well; expertise"

The student needs to be ABLE.


 

Now that the student is willing and able, teach them how to accomplish their goals independently.

Coloured Thinking Caps Primary School


STRATEGIES & TOOLS

"a plan of action designed to achieve a long-term or overall aim"

The student needs to be EQUIPPED with the right tools for the right job.

 

 

The MINDS WIDE OPEN 3-Step Program

Minds Wide Open CCT Resources
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ALL the resources are FREE

All the teaching resources which make up the program are FREE when you participate in any Minds Wide Open official traning.