Use Thinking Tools to Strengthen the Secondary Curriculum

Cool Australia
Educating for a Sustainable future
Discover thinking tools that can be used in any subject area to inspire curiosity and develop the general capability of Critical and Creative Thinking.
Target Audience
Secondary Teachers

Learning Areas

General Description

Thinking tools help foster curiosity, concern for truth and a creative mindset. They can be used to gauge prior knowledge, dig deep into a topic and guide reflection in any subject area or year level. In this course, you will discover how to use tools that you can weave into the fabric of your curriculum to extend and deepen students’ thinking.

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 Year 7-12 students identify their own thinking processes.
- How to download lesson plans containing a range of thinking tools.


Secondary Teachers

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Course Access - This course is available 24/7. Begin the course when it suits you. After completing the course you will still have ongoing access to review content.

Important information for schools with an Unlimited Online Subscription Package Please ignore the listed prices. The correct discounts will be applied to all enrolments. Make sure to select your school to pay for you.

Did you know that this course is FREE with an Unlimited Online Subscription Package? Click here to learn more

Are you interested in purchasing this course for a team of teachers? - See the ‘ONLINE - TEAM’ tab above

Money Back Guarantee - If you complete less than 25% of an online course and aren’t impressed, simply visit to let us know what happened, and we will cancel your enrolment and provide a full refund.

Teaching Standards

2.1.2 Proficient Level – Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
3.3.2 Proficient Level – Use teaching strategies
3.4.2 Proficient Level – Select and use resources

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


Completing this course will contribute 2 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 2.1.2, 3.3.2 & 3.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

This course contributes to 2.0 professional development hours.


  Start Date Location Availability Price    
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5 minutes

Get started with your online professional development.

Thinking in the Curriculum

35 minutes

Discover the elements of Critical and Creative Thinking

Thinking Tools

35 minutes

Get hands-on experience with deep thinking tools.

Your Teaching

35 minutes

Hear teaching tips and download a range of lesson plans.


10 minutes

Reflect on your course learning and next steps.

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About the team

Cool Australia


Cool Australia is an award winning not-for-profit dedicated to supporting educators with tools to foster ‘learning for life’. We help integrate topics around sustainability, ethics, economics and wellbeing across the curriculum. This enables teachers of all age groups and disciplines to engage young Aussies in real-life learning whilst achieving Australian Curriculum and Early Years Learning Framework outcomes. Our accredited professional development is designed to build your confidence, understanding and expertise. You will learn through a mixture of practical and thinking activities as well as hearing the stories of others. Plus you will access a range of teaching tools that can you can use straight away in your teaching.