General Description

Explore thinking tools that go beyond mind maps and PMI charts. In this course, you’ll experience tools that help ascertain prior knowledge, dig deep into a topic and guide reflection. You’ll be able to weave each tool into your curriculum and create a culture of engaged thinkers and learners.


In this course, you’ll learn:


How to teach each element of the Critical and Creative Thinking general capability.

How to dig deep into topics and personal opinions.

How to help Foundation to Year 6 students identify their own thinking processes.

How to download lesson plans containing a range of thinking tools.



Primary Teachers


Teaching Standards

2.1.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area:  Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities,

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,

3.4.2 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


Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

Completing “Use Thinking Tools to Strengthen the Primary Curriculum” before 4th February 2022 under NESA’s interim arrangements will contribute 2 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of NSW curriculum addressing standard descriptors  2.1.2, 3.3.2, 3.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


Course curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1 - Introduction

    • Introduction

    • Aims and Objectives

    • Why Focus on Thinking?

    • Set a Learning Goal

    • Task: Set a Learning Goal

  • 2

    Module 2 - Thinking in the Curriculum

    • Critical and Creative Thinking

    • Moving Beyond Organising Thinking

  • 3

    Module 3 - Thinking Tools

    • Introduction to Three Thinking Tools

    • Stand on the Line

    • Example - Stand on the Line

    • The 5 WHYS

    • Example - The 5 WHYS

    • 3-2-1 Bridge

    • Example - 3-2-1 Bridge

    • Other Thinking Tools

    • Quick Check-In

    • Task: Quick Check-In

  • 4

    Module 4 - Your Teaching

    • Teaching Tips

    • Teaching Resources

    • Have a Go

  • 5

    Module 5 - Reflection

    • Reflect on your Learning

    • Task: Reflect on your Learning

    • Your Next Steps

  • 6

    Course Feedback

    • Course Feedback

Features of TTA Online PD

  • Availability

    Online courses are available 24/7. Designed to be done in your own time at your own pace.

  • Team Online

    All online courses are available for team purchase. Unlimited teachers from the one Campus for any course for $990 + GST

  • Money back Guarantee

    If you complete less than 25% of an online course and aren't completely satisfied, let us know, and we will cancel your enrolment and provide a full refund.