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Critical and Creative Thinking from Minds Wide Open

Creativity & Critical Thinking:
Key Competencies for the 21st Century

Start the Minds Wide Open CCT online course right now!
Take as long as you like to complete.

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Skills for tomorrow are learnt today!

Creativity and Critical Thinking: Key Competencies for the 21st Century is an online course for Primary teachers, providing straightforward Project-Based / Inquiry-Based learning, creative problem solving and skill development for students through a structured contemporary 21st century delivery.

Engage your students, and empower them with skills for life! Deepen their learning and enjoyment through Critical and Creative Thinking. Just imagine the possibilities!

Gain unrivalled access to quality resources, interactive content and proven CCT pedagogical practices for effective 21st Century learning. We've done it all for you!

Positively drive your students success! Critical thinking and innovation have now emerged to be the skills that divide students who are prepared for their increasingly complex life and work environments.

Easily integrate CCT throughout your class routine - increasing student participation, ability and performance - while saving time!

Sounds too good? We'll show you how...

3 hours of Quality Teaching Council registered PD

All content and resources linked to the Australian Curriculum.

Completing the course Creativity and Critical Thinking: Key Competencies for the 21st Century will contribute 3 hours of Quality Teaching Council registered PD addressing 3.3.2 and 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher accreditation in NSW. All other Australian teachers can claim these hours through their state authority as “teacher-identified PD”.

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.
— Year 5 Teacher
They take ownership and are starting to use their mistakes as learning opportunities.
— K/1 Teacher
It assists students in sorting out and organising their thinking processes and to articulate their plans and ideas.
— Year 3 Teacher
This course is not bogged down in the research/theory. Really practical ideas which can then transfer into our classrooms.
— C ELDRIDGE, YEAR 5 TEACHER, CANBERRA
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Enrol now!

$199 per enrolment

Includes $1,200 worth of researching resources ABSOLUTELY FREE upon completion of the course.

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The resources that were provided were excellent. Being able to take the course’s content and see the resources at the end and implement straight away was fantastic. Unusual for an online course to provide such resources!
— Elizabeth Tulloch
Love the take away tools – things for us to take back to our school and hopefully implement as a whole school approach.
— Kelsey Willott, Stage 2 Teacher
A great balance of evidence-based research and practical ideas to implement into the classroom which I feel confident in taking back to my students.
— Year 4 teacher, Floraville Public School
This course is not bogged down in the research/theory. Really practical ideas which can then transfer into our classrooms.
— C Eldridge, Year 5 teacher, Canberra
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Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - standard descriptors addressed in this course

3.3.2 Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and critical and creative thinking (CCT).

6.2.2 Participate in learning to update knowledge and best practice targeted to professional needs and school priorities.

Professional Objectives

The aim of this course is for you to achieve the following objectives (aligned to the above Australian Professional Standards for Teachers):

You will gain an array of strategies, tools and resources that enable you to teach and equip your students to use critical and creative thinking (CCT) across the curriculum and to solve problems and design and produce products (APST 3.3.2).

You will learn that CCT can not only be taught but also measured. You will take away a range of CCT student feedback and assessment tools.

Many schools have included creativity and critical thinking and 21st century learning as goals in their school plan or Strategic Directions. The information in this course will give teachers and leaders means and methods to accomplish this in their class or school (APST 6.2.2).

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Having been immersed in a rich sequence of thinking skills and dispositions, students are now generating more ideas and critically evaluating their value.
— 5/6 Teacher
More of my students are taking ownership of their work. Some students are reaching a point of becoming very independent, confident and creative individuals.
— Year 6 teacher
I think the kids like the structure and process. It’s so amazing hearing the students talking about their own thinking.
— Year 4 Teacher
My students now have a predictable scaffold around solving problems. They are beginning to use this 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.
— Year 2 teacher
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FAQs

Q: How can I engage my students more and deepen their learning?

A: Teach them to think critically and creatively!

 

Q: How can I find best pedagogy and practice for teaching critical and creative thinking when I don’t have time to do the research?

A: This course has done all that for you!

 

Q: Where can I find good classroom resources to help me teach critical and creative thinking?

A: We provide everything you need. For free!

 

Q: How can I teach these skills to my students when there is no spare time in the school day?

A: We show you how to integrate CCT into your classroom routines and programs - without taking time away from other important learning!

 

Q: How much is the course?

A: $199 per enrolment. There are discounts for bulk enrolments CLICK HERE

 

Q: Can I get PL hours from this course to put towards maintaining my accreditation?

A:  Yes. Upon completion of the course you are provided with documented evidence of three hours of professional learning aligned to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.