Futures helps schools and educational organisations make
decisions about their future, what professional development to undertake,
new pedagogical issues strategies to consider, what technology to acquire,
how to raise funds to pay for new resources, how to market schools and
how to involve students.
as a Game is a professional development program that helps
teachers to quickly and easily implement a constructivist model of teaching
and learning. Participants work and learn in teams, use thinking processes,
create their own new knowledge, design their own lessons, facilitate
classroom learning activities and conduct planning and problem solving
session for business and community groups.
Well is a program to promote improved work skills in young
people, particularly offenders. It has been created by special education
lecturer and researcher Dr. June Slee of the University of Western Sydney
for the NSW Department of Juvenile Justice.
Well is designed to develop thinking and problem-solving
strategies in a range of curriculum contexts, in primary and middle
school classrooms. It scaffolds thinking skills and processes in authentic
group and team contexts including listening, goal and problem identification
and specification, brainstorming, sequencing, data gathering, visualizing,
imagining solutions, monitoring effort and progress toward goals, checking
outcomes, redirecting unsuccessful actions, forward planning, revising
and evaluating, developing and testing new strategies, drawing conclusions,
and generating rules and new problems. In the affective domain, Thinking
Well focuses on agency, building confidence, empathy, tolerance for
others' ideas, persistence, cooperation, attention to detail, and taking
responsibility for decisions and actions.
Generating Genius is
a suite of ten units that will enable teachers to explore productive
thinking through the application of processes that unlock the imagination
and creative thinking of students as well as tap into their passions.
theory for this learning process emanated from Michael Michalko's paper
on "Thinking Like a Genius: Eight strategies used by the super
creative, from Aristotle and Leonardo to Einstein and Edison."
Students learn to use metaphors, seize the moment, create their own
learning worlds, produce evolving iterations, produce constantly and
use the new learning across the curriculum in new and imaginative ways.