Using the Cool.org Act Framework in the Classroom - Primary

Using the Cool.org Act Framework in the Classroom - Primary

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  • Primary
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Lesson summary

Taking action on issues that are important to young people is an important way to give students a sense of hope for their futures. However, Cool.org recgnises that supporting students to take meaningful action can be daunting, which is why we've created the Cool.org Act Framework.

The Cool.org Act Framework provides strategies and tactics for enabling action at a range of levels and configurations. This Course explains how to use our Framework with your students and provides examples of action-based resources from Cool.org and others that you can use to bring action into your classroom. 

Video transcript

Hi, I’m Hamish from Cool.org.

We know that exploring real-world topics in the classroom can sometimes mean sharing challenging information and issues that can leave your students feeling anxious, upset or overwhelmed.

Here at Cool.org, we think it's important for students to explore these topics, but we’d like them also to feel they aren’t helpless in the face of these challenges.

One of the best ways to address anxiety and helplessness about the big issues facing our world is to take action on these issues.

This is why we've created the Cool.org Act Framework.

This Framework provides tactics and approaches you can use as a guide when supporting students to take meaningful action.

In this course, you will explore these tactics and learn more about our philosophy of action. You will also be provided with examples of Cool.org resources where these tactics have been applied.

If you have any questions or comments, your course teacher will be available to assist you. Let’s get cracking!

You will learn:

  • Different ways your students can take action 
  • The key features of The Cool.org Act Framework
  • How to use our Framework with your students.

Course time:

Allow about 45 minutes - perfect for after work or during a spare period. You will have ongoing access via your user dashboard.

Accreditation:

This course is mapped to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.  It is accredited for teacher professional development hours in the following states and territories:

Proficient Teacher - all states and territories (except NSW and ACT)

  • 3.3.2 Use teaching strategies
  • 4.1.2 Support student participation
  • 6.4.2 Apply professional learning and improve student learning
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Course Content

Using The Cool.org Act Framework In The Classroom - Primary

Using The Cool.org Act Framework In The Classroom - Primary

01.
Introduction
02.
A background to action
03.
The Cool.org Act Framework
04.
Tactics of the Cool.org Act Framework
05.
Cool.org resources to support taking action for Speed
06.
Cool.org resources to support taking action for Scale
07.
Stories of taking action
08.
The foundational elements of taking action
09.
Useful questions for taking action
10.
Tips for following through on taking action
11.
Further guides to help you and your students take action
12.
Reflection
13.
Congratulations

Course Writer

Krista Nisi brings over 17 years of experience working in education, tertiary and local government. She holds a Masters in Environment (Environmental Education) from the University of Melbourne. Krista looks for innovative ways to involve young people in early learning and school education by helping them explore, think about and engage with the world around them. She is also hopeful about the future.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I log this PD with my states teaching authority?

Yes! Our courses are mapped to the Australian Professional Teacher Standards (AITSL), and your completion can be logged as elective PD hours with your state's teaching regulatory authority. To do this, grab your certificate of completion from your personal dashboard once the course is complete.

  • 3.3.2 Use teaching strategies
  • 4.1.2 Support student participation
  • 6.4.2 Apply professional learning and improve student learning

How long will this take to complete?

Allow about 45 minutes - perfect for after work or during a spare period. You will have ongoing access via your user dashboard.

How does it work?

This course is on-demand and for private study. Learn at your own pace and at times that suit you. Get a certificate when you finish. You will have ongoing access.

Is this course accredited?

This course is mapped to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.  It is accredited for teacher professional development hours in the following states and territories:

Proficient Teacher - all states and territories (except NSW and ACT)

  • 3.3.2 Use teaching strategies
  • 4.1.2 Support student participation
  • 6.4.2 Apply professional learning and improve student learning

This course is not currently accredited in the ACT (TQI) or NSW (NESA). However, it can be counted towards teacher identified learning hours (ACT) or NESA PD elective hours(NSW).

Who are the instructors?

This course is designed in consultation with teachers, principals, psychologists, counsellors, scientists, and all manner of experts in the education field.

Cool.org's curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum and best educational practice, so you can be sure your learning is at the cutting edge of education theory.

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