What is CCT?


Critical & Creative Thinking


Creative & Critical Thinking

Critical and creative thinking are integral to activities that require students to think broadly and deeply using skills, behaviours and dispositions such as reason, logic, resourcefulness, imagination and innovation in all learning areas at school and in their lives beyond school.
— The Australian Curriculum

Critical and Creative Thinking Definitions

  • Creative Thinking is the thinking we do when we generate ideas

  • Critical Thinking is the thinking we do when we judge ideas



What is CCT General Capability?

Across the curriculum, students develop capability in critical and creative thinking as they learn to generate and evaluate knowledge, clarify concepts and ideas, seek possibilities, consider alternatives and solve problems.
— The Australian Curriculum


Captain Disposition Capability

Is the student WILLING?

Strategies & Tools

Coloured Thinking Caps Critical and creative thinking guide

Is the student EQUIPPED?


CCT Crumches Critical and Creative Thinking Activities

Is the student ABLE?


Critical & Creative Thinking Learning Continuum

Adapted from The Australian Curriculum and The Coloured Thinking Caps

The critical and creative thinking continuum is an excellent checklist to see where my students are at and what skills need to be further taught.
— Elizabeth Tulloch

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Explainer video of Learning Continuum

The Minds Wide Open Critical and Creative Thinking Learning Continuum is based closely on the CCT Capability document released by The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority.


What does 21st Century Learning actually mean?

Getting more than one answer is the new golden rule
— James Phelps

Thinking in the 21st Century

Now, let me tell you ‘bout the newest subject at school
Getting more than one answer is the new golden rule
Last century the teachers taught you what to think
Now they’re teaching everybody how to think

We’re thinking in the 21st century!
Now, let me tell you what critical thinking is not
It’s not criticising everybody there on the spot
It’s the thinking we do when we judge an idea
Yeah, we question it and check it until it is clear

We’re thinking in the 21st century!

We ask the questions like “How do we know?” 
“How do we know this?” “Is it correct?”
Let’s find out the cause and then try to prove it?
And after we’ve proved it we’ll double-check
We will double-check

Now, let me make it clear just what creative thinking is  
It’s the way that we think when generating ideas
Like the  moment I get that inspiration
A bright idea pops into my imagination

Thinking in the 21st century!

Music and lyrics © James Phelps 2015
Vocals by Tanaya Kumar (age 14)
Published by Minds Wide Open