An introduction to scaffolding Higher Order Thinking

Sabreena Taylor
Scaffolds are a painless effective way to support students in learning concepts and critical thinking - an ideal intro to the higher order thinking skills students need
Target Audience
All teachers
2 reviews

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General Description

The course provides ideas for supporting students in learning new concepts and developing critical thinking skills.


All teachers

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Trial course

This course contributes to 2.0 professional development hours.


There are no occurrences of Team Online in Australia (NSW) at this time.


Module 1: Introducing you concepts

1 hour

Participants will learn about:
- instructional balance
- what higher order thinking is and why it’s important
- how we learn new concepts
- strategies and scaffolds to introduce new concepts to students
- strategies and scaffolds to check for conceptual understanding
Participants will have access to a resource library

Module 2: Critical Thinking

1 hour

Participants will learn about:
- what critical thinking is
- how analysis and evaluation are different
- strategies and scaffolds for analysis
- strategies and scaffolds for evaluation
Participants will have access to a resource library

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An introduction to scaffolding Higher Order Thinking
by Ricardo Aguiar on 04/12/2017

This course was good in demonstrating different approaches that can be used in differentiating lessons. There was some really good examples and downloadable tools to use.

An introduction to scaffolding Higher Order Thinking
by Carly McPherson on 15/11/2017

This course was short and practical and I took away a lot of tools that could be used in a wide range of contexts. Creating my own examples was also really helpful as I could apply my understanding immediately and get quick feedback. I thoroughly enjoyed the course!

About the team

Sabreena Taylor


Sabreena has been a successful consultant with TTA since 2008. Her current roles include providing tailored professional learning and consultancy services in Instructional Practices Inventories (IPI – student cognitive engagement and higher order thinking), strategic planning, school evaluation, change management, classroom practice, ICT and History. In 2015 Sabreena traveled to the United States to train with IPI developer, Professor Emeritus Dr Jerry Valentine of the University of Missouri, and is now the only certified teacher trainer for IPIs in the Asia-Pacific region.

Sabreena is the Professional Learning Consultant- History/Civics and Citizenship as part of the quality assurance team at TTA. Sabreena has presented at both State and National conferences on topics such as user engagement in workplace online learning, augmented reality and using data in schools including Instructional Practices Inventories.

Sabreena’s career in education has been varied, contributing at local, regional and State levels. In her 32 years in education Sabreena has been a head of History, regional Quality Teaching Consultant and Professional Learning and Leadership Coordinator with the Education Department of New South Wales.

Sabreena’s work has included developing online learning, the implementation of the Australian Curriculum and designing and delivering a wide range of courses registered with the NSW Institute of Teachers. Her most recent role was as School Planning and Performance Advisor in the Learning, High Performance and Accountability directorate developing online solutions for effective school planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting.

Sabreena has been able to feed her passion for all things History through forming networks of History teachers, Ancient History HSC marking, developing ICT History resources and, of course, travel. Sabreena has also been Head judge during the standards setting process for the Ancient History HSC.