Endorsed by SACE for 10 CPTD points.
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What this course is about
In the 21st Century workplace, businesses want people who are creative thinkers, flexible thinkers, people who are able to see new ways of doing things and who are able to innovate rapidly in an ever-changing market place.
As much as students need to learn academic content, they also need to know how to keep learning — and make effective and innovative use of what they know — throughout their lives.
There are two types of thinking Skills. Critical Thinking; which is a persistent effort to examine evidence which supports any belief, solution or conclusion prior to its acceptance. Critical thinking is about thinking clearly and reasoning logically.
Creative Thinking; which is “the act of being able to produce along new and original lines” – Costa A (1985) Developing Minds. We teach creative thinking so children will be producers of knowledge not just consumers of knowledge
This course covers a number of creative thinking tools that can be taught to children in the Foundation Phase.
Who should be doing this course?
Foundation phase teachers who want to develop creative thinking in children from Grade R to 3.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
understand 21st Century Teaching and Learning, the need to change the way we do things and particularly to concentrate on the Core Skill of Creative Thinking
have a better understanding of what creative thinking is about
understand how creative thinking ‘fits into’ Bloom’s taxonomy
realise why it is important to teach higher order thinking but particularly creative thinking
understand the need for teaching creative thinking in our schools to equip our students with the skills they need to work in the 21st Century workplace
use a series of warm up techniques to develop creativity in the classroom
use a set of practical tools to use in the classroom across all subject areas to develop creative thinking in children such as modification, SCAMPER, forced associations etc.
help learners to work collaboratively
value of creative thinking
How your final mark is calculated?
Your course is mark is calculated using the average mark obtained in each of the Chapter tests. In order to pass this course, you must obtain a final course mark of at least 70%. This means that even if you fail a few of the chapter tests, if your test marks in the other chapter tests are high enough you will still be able to pass the course. Good Luck!
Study at your own pace!
We’ve created our courses to suit your busy life! The duration of this course is based on chapters and video clips to watch. Short multiple choice questions after chapters test understanding and possible application of knowledge. You can do the course in your own time and at your own pace. If you choose to do two readings per day, it will take you half of the estimated time, four readings per day means doing the course in a quarter of the time etc. We leave that decision up to you!