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Course Description

challenge your brightest students

Hundreds of ways to challenge your best and brightest - through REAL extension!

  • Connect your students to the world

  • Tease their brains

  • Solve real-world problems

  • Get philosophical

  • Organise personal learning quests

  • Learn and apply objective thinking skills

  • "Is that ethical"?  Dilemmas to bust their mind

  • Unlock their creativity by using the subconscious and putting them in control

  • Test their general knowledge

  • Push their personal presentation skills

 Plus competitions and resources that will unlock your students' full potential.


- Teachers of Years 5 to 10

- Gifted and Talented teachers

- Teachers with very bright students

 - English 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

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"This course was fantastic as Ron Thomas was an interesting and engaging presenter and the course was aimed at practical resources which made it extremely relevant and applicable. The quality was high as the suggested activities were inspiring and germane. I would recommend this course to any teacher who would like to extend the brightest students in their classes. The course completely fulfilled expectations and its description. "

- Jean Burton, The Illawarra Grammar School

"This course encouraged me to think well beyond what I have in regards to encouraging gifted students. To have someone with such specific expertise delivering this course really helped me consider how I can insert these practical tasks in my own classroom."

- Liz Coolican, James Sheahan Catholic High School

"This course provides information on online tools, strategies and activities that can be implemented in the classroom to cater for high potential and gifted students. I will be implementing some of these strategies into the classroom at the start of this year."

- Mary Tran, Wiley Park Girls High School

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1 - Introduction

    • Aims and Objectives

    • Introduction

    • Teaching the Talented - Course Handout

  • 2

    Module 2 - Theory

    • Blooms' and Gardner's - 48 Grid Matrix

    • 48 Grid Matrix - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander based

    • Elaboration of Matrix

    • Elaboration of Matrix - PDF

    • Thinking Toolbox: A - Z of Thinking Tools

    • KHWL Chart

    • Strategies and Tools for Group Processing

    • 5 W's Chart

    • Diamond Ranking Template

    • Practical Ideas

    • Thinking Skills and Thinking Tools

    • Reflection Questions on Theory

  • 3

    Module 3 - Connect to the World

    • Flat Connections Global Project

    • iEARN - International Education and Resource Network

    • Wiki Editing

    • iEARN - Global Novel

    • Connect them to the World - Notes

    • Reflection Questions on Connect to the World

    • Suggestions for Collaboration

  • 4

    Module 4 - Get Philosophical

    • Ethics and Philosophical Dilemmas

    • The Fight - Thinking Stories 3 - PDF

    • Fire at the Louvre - Activity

    • Fire at the Louvre - Activity Sheet

    • Ranking/Reason Activity - Template

    • The most important Philosophical Questions

    • Philosophical Questions - PDF

    • Socratic Dialogue

    • Reflection Questions on 'Get Philosophical'

  • 5

    Module 5 - Tease their Brains

    • Tease their Brains

    • Tease their Brains - PDF

    • Developing Programs in Science for Gifted and Talented Students - PDF

    • Unlock their Creativity

    • Unlock Creativity - PDF

    • Unlock the Subconscious

    • Unlock Subconscious - PDF

    • Reflection Questions on 'Tease their Brains'

    • Suggestions for Collaboration

  • 6

    Module 6 - Objective Thinking Skills

    • Think Tank Race - Activity

    • Think Tank Race - Instructions

    • THINK TANK RACE - Template

    • Think Tank Race - Force Field Analysis

    • The Thinking Skills

    • Eight Thinking Scenarios

    • Reflection Questions on Objective Thinking Skills

  • 7

    Module 7 - Great Ideas for Extending Students

    • Solve Real World Problems

    • Journey to Inquiry

    • Developing General Knowledge

    • Personal Presentation Skills

    • Debating

    • Public Speaking

    • Advanced Writing Skills

    • Reflection Questions on Extending Students

    • Suggestions for Collaboration

  • 8

    Module 8 - Setting up a Gifted Program

    • Setting up a Gifted Program - PDF

    • Developing Programs in Science for Gifted and Talented Students

    • Pupils who are talented in Music are likely to...

    • Pupils who are talented in Art and Design are likely to...

    • Pupils talented in PE are likely to...

    • Pupils who are gifted in Design and Technology are likely to...

    • Pupils who are gifted in English are likely to...

    • Pupils who are gifted in mathematics are likely to...

    • Pupils who are gifted in science are likely to...

    • Pupils who are gifted in modern foreign languages are likely to...

    • Pupils who are gifted in ICT are likely to...

    • Pupils who are gifted in history are likely to...

    • Pupils who are gifted in geography are likely to...

    • Reflection Question on Setting up a Gifted Program

  • 9

    Module 9 - Resources and Conclusion

    • Resources

    • Year 7 Enrichment Program Course Outline

    • Year 8 Enrichment Program Course Outline

    • Year 9 Challenge


    • Final Reflection Question

  • 10

    Course Feedback

    • Course Feedback

Do you teach in NSW? If so, this is relevant to you:

Completing Challenging the Brightest Students Across the Curriculum will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Education Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/Early Years Learning Framework, addressing standard descriptor 3.3.2 from the Australia Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.



Ron Thomas

Ron Thomas

Australia-wide facilitator and key note speaker for multiple teacher training providers in the Australian Curriculum, English, Writing, Drama and Debating. Facilitator for G.A.T.E.WAYS gifted and talented students programs nationwide. Author of ‘Engaging Students in Drama’ Phoenix Education. Workshop presenter for VATE and Drama Victoria

Ron's business runs seminars in Public Speaking, Leadership and Debating skills for students. He also run in school seminars for staff in the above, plus English in the Australian Curriculum. Published Feature writer and poet.

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