General Description

The most effective classroom activities are student collaboration & discussion of their learning. This courses introduces a practical toolkit of higher order strategies


This course aligns with the IPI Level 1 teacher training course covering the skills teachers need to utilise the most effective teaching strategy – when students collaborate and discuss their learning.


All classroom teachers

Teaching Standards

3.3.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Use teaching strategies:  Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem-solving, and critical and creative thinking,

3.5.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Use effective classroom communication:  Use effective verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support student understanding, participation, engagement and achievement


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This course may contribute towards Elective PD hours. Visit for more details.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1: Higher Order Thinking and Student Collaboration

    • Introduction

    • Activity: Reflection Activity

    • Instructional Balance

    • Instructional Balance and Higher Order Thinking

    • Task

    • Deeper Reading on Instructional Practices Inventory

    • What is Higher Order Thinking?

    • Theory and Research Relating to Higher Order Thinking - Readings

    • Why is Student Collaboration So Vital?

    • Tasks

    • The Research on Student Collaboration

    • Task

    • The Research on Student Collaboration (Continued)

    • Task

    • Resources and Research Library

  • 2

    Module 2: Strategies for Establishing Collaborative Groups

    • Flexible Groupings

    • Task

    • Ideas for Forming Groups and Pairs

    • Task

    • Resources and Research Library

  • 3

    Module 3: Facilitation Strategies for Collaboration

    • Cooperative Learning

    • Cooperative Learning: A Smart Pedagogy for Successful Learning

    • Task

    • Thinking Structures for Collaboration

    • Activity

    • Setting the Standards

    • Task

    • Resources and Research Library

  • 4

    Module 4: Higher Order Thinking and Student Learning Conversations

    • What is a Student Learning Conversation?

    • Quiz Information

    • Quiz

    • Active Listening

    • Facilitating Student Learning Conversations

    • Task

    • Resources and Research Library

  • 5

    Module 5: Collaborative Metacognition and Reflection

    • What are Metacognition and Reflection?

    • Activity

    • Facilitating Collaborative Metacognition

    • Activity

    • Scaffolds for Reflection

    • Resources and Research Library

  • 6

    Module 6: Assessing Student Collaboration and Learning Conversations

    • The Benefits and Facilitation of Peer Assessment

    • Activity

    • Assessing Collaboration and Learning Conversations

    • Task

    • Assessing Metacognition and Reflection

    • Task

    • Conclusion

    • Resources and Research Library

  • 7

    Course Feedback

    • Course Feedback

Features of TTA Online PD

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