Creativity

  • Building Creative Analogies

    Students will take two seemingly unrelated pieces of content (say volcanoes and the human body) and then build analogies to connect the two ideas. In the end, they'll create a skit, comic, or story relating the two concepts.

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  • The Thinking Hats

    This video introduces Edward de Bono's "Six Thinking Hats", tools that give people six specific ways to think when they're working with others: facts, emotions, positive, negative, creativity, and organization. They're perfect for improving small group and whole group discussions.

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  • Create A Civilization: The River

    In this video, students will continue to create a civilization by developing a realistic river.

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  • Using Creativity Tools To Develop A Learning Exploration: Step Four

    In this video, Kathryn Haydon explains how she designed creative products to finish her students' learning explorations.

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  • Using Creativity Tools To Develop A Learning Exploration: Step Three

    In this video, Kathryn Haydon explains how she helped her students form activities to pursue their independent study.

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  • Using Creativity Tools To Develop A Learning Exploration: Step Two

    In this video, Kathryn Haydon explains how she helped her students develop questions for their independent study.

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  • Using Creativity Tools To Develop A Learning Exploration: Step One

    Kathryn Haydon begins a series on how to design an independent learning exploration.

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  • Create A Civilization Introduction

    Combine your social studies, science, and language arts content for a year-long creative project.

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  • Chess Alternative: Go

    Expand students' game knowledge beyond chess and checkers by introducing Go.

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  • A Lunar Survival Mission

    Inspired by a lesson from NASA, this is an open-ended discussion to get your students thinking outside the box and collaborating to survive on the moon.

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  • New Uses for Everyday Things

    Joelle Trayers gives examples of how she encourages creativity and critical thinking by asking her students to think of completely new uses for everyday items.

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  • Organizing A Math Puzzle

    Cindy Phan explains how she organized a math puzzle so students could independently proceed at their own pace.

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  • Layering Creativity

    Here are some creative ideas from Heather Manchester to encourage your students to become original thinkers.

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  • SCAMPER: Scaffolding Creativity

    Teach your class about SCAMPER, a tool created by Bob Eberle for developing new ideas from existing ones. This simple framework will energize your students' creativity.

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  • Build Creative Confidence

    Use the qualities identified in the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking to help build creative confidence in your students. Here are a handful of quick, fun activities to strengthen kids' divergent thinking.

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  • Solving Classroom Problems: Seating

    At the fifth of Kohlberg's levels of morality, people are motivated to improve the rules. How can we empower our students to become rule-improving problem solvers?

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  • Graphs Beyond Math

    Asking students to graph subjective traits and characteristics leads to deep thinking, fuzzy problems, and classrooms debates. Take graphs beyond math and apply them to character discussions, and science and social studies judgments.

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  • A Framework to Create

    "Create" is at the top of Bloom's Taxonomy, but is often a difficult task to control. Half the class gets too silly, and half is unable to get started. This video introduces a simple framework for scaffolded creation.

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  • Remixing

    Encourage creativity in your students through remixing classics. This has the double benefit of exposing students to important works as well as giving them a solid foundation to build on.

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