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3 Program Parts


3 simple steps

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3 Program Parts


3 simple steps

The 3 Steps TO achieving CCT CAPABILITY

ACARA CCT CAPABILITY
 
 

We took something complex and made it simple!

1

Captain Disposition button
 


DISPOSITIONS

"a person's inherent qualities of mind and character." (ACARA)

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

2

CCT crunches skills button
 


SKILLS

"the ability to do something well; expertise." (ACARA)

The student needs to be ABLE.

3

Coloured thinking caps button
 


STRATEGIES & TOOLS

"a plan of action designed to achieve a long-term or overall aim." (ACARA)

The student needs to be EQUIPPED.

 
 

The MINDS WIDE OPEN 3-Step Program


 
Minds Wide Open CCT Resources
 
 
 

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 training.


 
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Captain Disposition


1 Captain Disposition

Captain Disposition


1 Captain Disposition


Dispositions


Thinking dispositions form the foundation for all learning and should underpin any educational program. They are critical to learning and to the transfer of learned material.
— Shari Tishman, Harvard University
Dispositions describe a person’s inclination to use particular skills when faced with problems to solve, ideas to evaluate or decisions to make.
— Macquarie University

Captain Disposition


Captain Disposition Minds Wide Open
 


 

Open-minded

The student is open to new and different ideas and considers the opinions of others.

Flexible

The student is able to look at problems from multiple perspectives and will change their plan when new problems arise.


Risk-taker

The student likes to try new ways of doing things and is not afraid of making mistakes.

Resourceful

The student finds inventive ways to overcome difficulties and will improvise when resources are limited.


Patient & Persistent

The student spends extra time developing their ideas and doesn't give up when faced with difficulties.

Ubiquitous learner

The student believes that thinking, learning and creating can take place anywhere, anyhow, anytime.


Reflective

The student likes to evaluate their own work and will think about the thinking processes they have used.

 

 
 
 
 

Feedback from teachers who have been teaching the Dispositions for one year:


The common language of the seven dispositions is really powerful across the whole school. Kindergarten love Captain Disposition (although I was skeptical about the lycra at first!).
— ES1 leader
The acquisition of CCT dispositions is becoming more and more visible in all K-6 students and has positively impacted their approach to learning tasks.
— K-6 RFF Teacher
It’s fantastic to hear the kids talk about how they are demonstrating a disposition or congratulate their peers for being like Captain Disposition.
— Kindergarten teacher
They take ownership and are starting to use their mistakes as learning opportunities.
— K/1 teacher
Students are becoming more open minded and adventurous in their learning and approach tasks with more flexibility. Students are developing patience and persistence with challenging tasks. I have noticed an increase in the ability to make connections during learning, and understand learning as a ubiquitous construct.
— Stage 3 teacher
 

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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CCT Crunches


2 cct crunches

CCT Crunches


2 cct crunches


Skills


Good critical thinking skills require not just knowledge but practice. Persistent practice can bring about improvement.
— Lau & Chan, Hong Kong University
You can’t be a creative thinker if you’re not stimulating your mind, just as you can’t be an Olympic athlete if you don’t train regularly.
— Sir Ken Robinson, international advisor on education
Those who diligently practise creative activities learn to recruit their brain’s creative networks quicker and better.
— Rex Jung, neuroscientist, University of New Mexico

CCT Crunches

Daily exercises to help boost critical and creative thinking skills


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Creativity can be taught. Real improvement doesn’t happen in a weekend workshop, but when applied to the everyday processes of work and school, brain function improves.
— James C Kaufman, Professor of Psychology, California State University

 

Just a few minutes a day is all you need to make a world of difference!

 

CCT Crunches Pack Contents


ALTERNATIVE USES
Seek alternatives, generate numerous ideas, explore possibilities

APPLES WITH ORANGES
Compare and contrast, identify attributes, tolerate ambiguity

BACKWARDS QUIZ
Experiment with a range of options when seeking solutions, justify choices

CIRCLE OF LAUGHS
Add detail to basic ideas making them more complex and intricate

CLOUD PAINTING
Use imagination, change perspective, generate numerous possibilities

F.O.O. FIGHT!
Compare and categorise facts and opinions, identify reasoning used in choices

MOTHER OF INVENTION
Pose questions to identify and clarify issues, share thinking about possible courses of action

POSING THE QUESTION
Pose questions to identify and clarify issues, predict what might happen in a given situation, apply logic to make reasoned judgements

"QUOTE-UNQUOTE" 
Pose insightful questions related to a given topic, tolerate ambiguity, apply logic to make reasoned judgements

RAINBOW SPONGE-BRAINS
Generate numerous ideas, explore possibilities, add detail to basic ideas making them more complex and intricate

RAISING THE B.A.R. 
Identify situations where current approaches do not work, expand on known ideas to create new and imaginative combinations

SCISSORS, PAPER... THINK! 
Seek alternatives, explore possibilities, justify choices

SKETCH YOUR IMAGINATION
Imagine possibilities and connect ideas, add detail to basic ideas making them more complex and intricate

THAT'S GOOD/THAT'S BAD
Challenge existing ideas and generate alternative solutions, tolerate ambiguity, add detail to basic ideas making them more complex and intricate

THE ADS vs THE BADS
Scrutinise ideas, identify pros and cons, apply logic to make reasoned judgements

THE PREQUEL
Use imagination, generate numerous possibilities, add detail to basic ideas making them more complex and intricate

WORD TENNIS
Generate numerous possibilities, consider reasonable criticism and adjust thinking if necessary, assess whether there is adequate reasoning to justify a claim
 


 
 
 
 

FEEDBACK FROM TEACHERS WHO HAVE BEEN using the cct crunches activities


 
I’ve started implementing the Crunches in class and my students can’t get enough of them!
— David, Year 5 teacher, Western Sydney
My students have really enjoyed completing the CCT Crunches in homework.
— Year 3 teacher, Epping, NSW
I have noticed since being immersed in thinking skills and the Crunches activities my students are generating more ideas and critically evaluating
their value.
— 5/6 Teacher, Hills District
I have already implemented the CCT Crunches into my Year 6 class. The kids are really responding positively and they love the songs!
— Class Teacher, Wallsend South PS

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FREE for everyone!!!

Exercises which stimulate the mind to think creatively and critically


 
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Coloured Thinking Caps


3 coloured thinking caps

Coloured Thinking Caps


3 coloured thinking caps


Strategies & Tools


Knowledge about thinking and the practice of using thinking strategies can increase students’ motivation for, and management of, their own learning. They become more confident and autonomous problem-solvers and thinkers.
— The Australian Curriculum
By applying a sequence of thinking skills, students develop an increasingly sophisticated understanding of the processes they can employ whenever they encounter problems, unfamiliar information and new ideas.
— The Australian Curriculum
 

The Coloured Thinking CaPs

Scaffolding

 

6 SIMPLE STEPS TO SOLVE ANY PROBLEM!


Coloured Thinking Caps Minds Wide Open
 

 

1 black and white coloured thinking cap

1

Fact-find 

The student can pose questions, consider perspectives, identify problems and clarify information.


2 rainbow coloured thinking cap

2

Generate ideas

The student can imagine possibilities, connect ideas and consider alternatives.


3 green and red coloured thinking caps

3

Judge ideas

The student can apply logic and reasoning and make predictions.


4 pink coloured thinking cap

4

Plan

The student can organise and process information, draw conclusions and design a course of action.


5 purple coloured thinking cap

5

Produce

The student can put ideas into action and transfer knowledge into new contexts.


6 orange coloured thinking cap

6

Reflect

The student can evaluate processes, procedures and outcomes and perform metacognition.


 
 
 
 

Feedback from teachers who have been teaching the coloured thinking caps for one year:


I love using the Coloured Thinking Caps to plan units or activities, particularly with a constructivist approach.
— Year 5/6 teacher
It assists students in sorting out and organising their thinking processes and to articulate their plans and ideas.
— Year 3 teacher
I think the kids like the structure and process of working through the Coloured Thinking Caps. It’s so amazing hearing the students talking about their own thinking.
— Year 4 teacher
Using the Coloured Thinking Caps has been a helpful way to design project tasks and direct student thinking in a way that will produce better outcomes.
— Year 6 teacher
My students now have a predictable scaffold around solving problems. They are beginning to use the Coloured Thinking Caps independently when faced with a problem. Rather than coming directly to me, they employ the strategies of working out the problem, brainstorming, deciding on the best option, planning, doing, thinking about what they have done. This can be on a big scale or on a small scale.
— Year 2 teacher
I have used the Coloured Thinking Caps for projects and am using them for our current unit. It clarifies the different thinking processes in a clear and logical way.
— Year 3 teacher
 

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.