General Description

Each week the participants will learn about effective ways to scaffold higher order thinking in their classroom, including graphic organisers plus strategies and processes that really work. There will be a webinar on each of learning new concepts, critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, collaboration and learning conversations, and metacognition and reflection.


Teachers wanting to increase higher order thinking activities in their classroom

Teaching Standards

1.2.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Understand how students learn:  Structure teaching programs using research and collegial advice about how students learn,

3.4.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Select and use resources:  Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning


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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1: Introduction to Higher Order Thinking (HOT) and Learning New Concepts

    • Welcome to the Higher Order Thinking Scaffolding Toolkit!

    • Module Outline

    • It's All about the Instructional Balance

    • Instructional Balance and Higher Order Thinking

    • Activity

    • Deeper Reading on Instructional Practices Inventories

    • Why is HOT So Important?

    • Activity

    • So What is Higher Order Thinking?

    • Theory and Research Relating to Higher Order Thinking - Readings

    • Learning New Concepts

    • Activity

    • Introducing New Concepts

    • Activity

    • Checking for Conceptual Understanding

    • Progressive Task

    • Library: Scaffolds for Learning New Concepts

  • 2

    Module 2: Critical Analysis

    • Module Outline

    • What is Critical Thinking?

    • Question

    • Critical Thinking: What it Is and Why it Counts

    • Analysis v Evaluation using Practical Tasks

    • De Bono's CoRT Thinking

    • Activity

    • More Analysis Scaffolds

    • Supporting Documents

    • Activity:

    • More Evaluation Scaffolds

    • Activity

    • Progressive Task: The Next Bit

    • Library: Scaffolds for Critical Thinking

  • 3

    Module 3: Problem Solving

    • Module Outline

    • Why is Problem Solving So Important?

    • Activity

    • Why is Problem Solving So Important? (Continued)

    • Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)

    • The Problem Solving Process

    • Activity

    • The Problem Solving Process (Continued)

    • Activity

    • Scaffolds for Solving Problems

    • Activity

    • Scaffolds for Solving Problems (Continued)

    • Scaffolds for the Problem Solving Process

    • Activity

    • Assessing Problem Solving

    • The Next Step in Your Progressive Task

    • Library: Scaffolds for Problem Solving

    • Additional Readings

  • 4

    Module 4: Creativity

    • Module Outline

    • What is Creativity?

    • Activity

    • Sternberg and Creativity

    • Activity

    • Can we Assess Creativity?

    • Grant Wiggins' Sample Rubric for Assessing Creativity

    • Activity

    • Some Useful Scaffolds for Facilitating Creativity

    • Activity

    • Classroom Strategies for Teaching Creativity

    • Activity

    • Stage 4 in Your Progressive Task

    • Scaffolds for Creativity

    • Readings on Creativity and Other Resources

  • 5

    Module 5: Metacognition and Reflection

    • Module Outline

    • What are Metacognition and Reflection?

    • Activity

    • Some Metacognitive Scaffolds

    • Activity

    • Scaffolds for Reflection

    • The Penultimate Stage of Your Final Task

    • Scaffolds for Metacognition and Reflection

    • Additional Resources and Readings for Metacognition and Reflection

  • 6

    Module 6: HOT Collaboration and Communication

    • Module Outline

    • Why are Student Learning Conversations the Best Way to Learn?

    • Activity

    • Quick and Easy Ideas for Getting Students Talking and Collaborating

    • Activity

    • Scaffolds for Facilitating Student Collaboration

    • Activity

    • Scaffolds for Meaningful Student Learning Conversations

    • Activity

    • Library: Scaffolds for Student Learning Conversations and Collaboration

    • Research and Other Readings

  • 7

    Module 7: Your Progressive Task

    • Progressive Task Samples

    • Final Progressive Task Stage

  • 8

    Course Feedback

    • Course Feedback

Features of TTA Online PD

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