Improving Student Learning by Creating a Thinking Classroom K-6


This course is for teachers who want to create a classroom where thinking skills are embedded into the curriculum and become an essential component of lessons. Student learning outcomes improve as students develop sophisticated thinking skills and learn how to approach problems and new learning.

Participants will explore current brain research around thinking skills. The requirements of NSW syllabus documents K-6 will be explored and connections made to the critical and creative thinking general capability.

A range of practical strategies, which can be embedded in classroom practice, will be explored. These include; collaborative group work, teaching vocabulary that allows students to engage in rigorous conversation, problem solving and inquiry.

Current assessment practices will be discussed.


Completing a Improving Student Learning by Creating a Thinking Classroom course will contribute 5 hours of  NESA Registered PD addressing 1.1.2, 1.2.2, 2.1.2, 2.5.2, 3.3.2, 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Target Participants

Teachers K-6


There will be a range of plenary, small group and workshop delivery modes. Participants will be actively trialling strategies during the day.

Relevant Journal of Professional Learning (JPL) Article

How Goes the New K-6 English Syllabus