ACSA Webinars
Term 3

Jennie Vine, Assistant Principal, Wooranna Park Primary School

Deep thinking and learning accountability: Preparing students for future employment

Tuesday 17 August 2021 7-8pm AEST

Jennie Vine


This session will focus on the steps to building student centred, complex research projects that activate and enable the Australian Capabilities Curriculum. Insights into the use of literature as a catalyst for deep learning, the development of cross-curricular investigations, student's well-being and the steps to promoting student agency will be shared to strengthen teacher planning and practice.

Further discussion will also pivot around how to develop a rigorous assessment and accountability platform that incorporates and supports feedback from diverse stakeholders, cross referencing accountability, co-created rubrics and digital archiving. The thinking around how to identify students learning breakthroughs, long term memory retention and depth of understandings, connected to the key areas highlighted in the Critical and Creative Thinking, Design Thinking and the Ethical Capabilities Curriculum will be outlined.

I hope to reinforce the following: "The elements in the Critical and Creative Thinking Circle are not a taxonomy of thinking. Rather, each makes its own contribution to learning and needs to be explicitly and simultaneously developed."

AITSL Standards Addressed:
2.3 Curriculum, assessment and reporting - Design and implement learning and teaching programs using knowledge of curriculum, assessment and reporting requirements
3.2 Plan, structure and sequence leaning programs - Plan and implement well-structured learning and teaching programs or lesson sequences that engage students and promote learning
3.3 Use teaching strategies - Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills problem solving and critical and creative thinking
5.2 Provide feedback to students on their learning - Provide timely, effective and appropriate feedback to students about their achievement relative to their learning goals

This session will assist educators in further developing their understanding and application of the Australian Capabilities Curriculum, particularly Critical and Creative Thinking to core subject areas. It aims to strengthen and align educators thinking to the present global needs, strengthening student's employment opportunities in the future.

I strongly believe that the whole school belief frameworks, strategic plans, policies, best practice strategies, assessment platforms, professional learning teams, coaching schedules, professional development and the use of experts must now be carefully aligned to support the growth and capacity of both teachers and students in the area of critical and creative thinking.

Schools must ensure that toady's students become tomorrow's thinkers. The human skills 'complex problem solving, creativity and critical thinking' are the ones that will be protected from automation in the future, keeping humans on the payroll
- Helen Fenton 2019