Your Creative Thinking Classroom Toolkit- ONLINE COURSE

Helen Mills
The needs of highly able students are often overlooked in the class room. This course offers you a chance to explore a range of strategies to engage all students.
Target Audience
Primary and lower secondary teachers who would like to develop a range strategies to cater for all learners in their classrooms, including gifted students.
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Learning Areas

General Description

Explore a range of strategies that engage students and foster creative thinking in the classroom. Inclusive education means the classroom teacher is faced with the challenge of providing sound educational experiences for students with varying abilities. The special needs of highly able and gifted students are often overlooked as we focus our attention on those with learning difficulties. A good set of tools enables us to engage and challenge all students in the classroom. This workshop will offer you the opportunity to explore and apply a variety of ideas, tasks and strategies that help your students to: 1. Analyse and apply 2. Create and evaluate 3. Be creative and critical thinkers 4. Examine their own thinking 5. Manage their own learning 6. Feel valued for their abilities. Teachers will find this workshop useful to enhance their current classroom practices.


Primary and lower secondary teachers who would like to develop a range strategies to cater for all learners in their classrooms, including gifted students.

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Most TTA online courses are available with an Online Subscription. For a little more than the price of one course, you can gain up to 20 PD hours per year. Learn more HERE.

A normal online course is delivered over 1-12 weeks and is worth from 3-12 PDhrs depending on the course content and its objectives. Participants will not need to take time off, the course date is the START date only, end dates will be advertised with course hours.

This course contributes to 12.0 professional development hours.


There are no occurrences of Online - Individual in Australia (ACT) at this time.



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Introduction of self. Participants to introduce selves to whole group online.
Creative thinking task for teachers to try in their classes each week (Weeks 1 to 5) with feedback to the group the following week.

What do you understand about giftedness?

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Participants are asked to participate in an “Oxford debate” and place themselves on a continuum from “Strongly Disagree” to “Strongly Agree” according to their response to the statement: “Gifted students will achieve highly without support”. Participants to complete the “Understanding Gifted and Talented Students and their Education” self-reflection sheet (9 statements requiring them to respond on a continuum). Discussion.
Use powerpoint presentation (with voice over) to outline main points of Module One of the online professional development for teachers (Australian government website).
Strengths and weaknesses task – plot supplied activities (eg: mathematics, gardening, playing tennis ….) on a worksheet.
Participants to describe a personal strength and a personal weakness. Is anyone “off the scale”? Discussion.

So what does a gifted student look like and what can schools

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Presentation of descriptors (with voice over) for each of the six profiles of gifted students (Betts and Neihart). Participants to think about people they know who may fit each of the profiles. Discussion followed by a general overview of giftedness.
Bright Child/Gifted Learner – reflection.
Gagne’s DMGT model (explanation using voice over) - where do schools fit? Discussion.
How does your school do this?

Creative and critical thinking - a general capability.

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Brief introduction to “Creative and Critical Thinking” as it fits within the Australian Curriculum. Worksheet outlining the main points of each of the four organising elements. Discussion.
1. Transmogrifications – solve and create (p.223 of Teaching Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom)
2. SCAMPER – activities using well known stories/characters.
3. Random Input task to solve a problem
4. BLOOM’s taxonomy – gap fill task for a themed approach to programming
5. Inductive thinking

Creative and critical thinking – DIY

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Participants develop and share activities for use in their own classrooms, catering for all students including gifted students, as well as addressing the organising elements. Use table developed for this purpose.

It's time!

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Re-do Oxford debate.
Reflection: Revisit the self-reflection sheet from Session 2. Discussion.
Re-visit each of the objectives of the course.



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Latest Reviews

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Your Creative Thinking Classroom Toolkit- ONLINE COURSE
by Alan Ferris on 06/05/2016

Course was good, the only thing missing was that I found it lacking in feedback between participants, possibly because there were not many of us.

Your Creative Thinking Classroom Toolkit- ONLINE COURSE
by Sara Vaccaro on 02/05/2016

I found the course fairly interesting, a little demanding and challenging, but generally rewarding. Thinking tasks were worthwhile but often the tasks were unclear regarding what we had to do. I felt that they also applied mostly to the primary school context, rather than high school. Instructions were sometimes unclear for some modules.

Your Creative Thinking Classroom Toolkit- ONLINE COURSE
by Bonnie Tranchini on 11/04/2016

I thoroughly enjoyed doing the course and feel that my teaching will benefit greatly from having completed it.

Your Creative Thinking Classroom Toolkit- ONLINE COURSE
by Maja Tancheski on 04/01/2016

This was an interesting course! I enjoyed learning about Gifted and Talented students and different strategies in the classroom for mixed ability students. It was great to communicate with other teachers and share ideas between each other.

Your Creative Thinking Classroom Toolkit- ONLINE COURSE
by Kirstin Macqueen on 15/12/2015

This course provide a lot of variety. I as provided with many resources I could use to engage students in creative thinking in my classroom. I also liked the fact that the resources could be easily adapted to suit variety of subject areas. The course coordinator gave me timely feedback and encouraged me to engage in thought provoking discussions with herself and my fellow students.

Your Creative Thinking Classroom Toolkit
by Murray Fletcher on 15/09/2015

I thought this was a great course to provide me with reflecting on my teaching and how I can improve through the introduction of 21st century learning.

Your Creative Thinking Classroom Toolkit- ONLINE COURSE
by Maryan Shehata on 04/02/2015

Very informative and practical. Thank you for this valuable resource.

Your Creative Thinking Classroom Toolkit- ONLINE COURSE
by Lauren Hicks on 09/01/2015

The presenter/host online commented regularly which was good but would have liked some more direction and suggestions for my subject area on how to adapt learning activities.

Your Creative Thinking Classroom Toolkit- ONLINE COURSE
by Alice Clement on 07/01/2015

This was an interesting and engaging course delivered in a easily accessible and engaging manner. I thoroughly enjoyed the practical classroom activities and prompt feedback to all our contributions.

Your Creative Thinking Classroom Toolkit- ONLINE COURSE
by Joshua Steel on 22/12/2014

It really opened my eyes to the identification and understanding of Gifted and Talented students, as well as ways in which modifications can be made in my classroom.

About the team

Helen Mills


Helen initially worked as a LOTE teacher in primary schools in WA. Her interest in gifted education led to a position with the Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC) program in 2000. This became permanent in 2004. In 2010, Helen completed her Master’s degree in Education with Monash University, specializing in gifted education. Helen’s philosophy is that, as teachers, we have a responsibility to give students the skills and knowledge to become autonomous and adventurous learners with an understanding of their world and how they can contribute to its improvement.