Creativity in the Classroom: Schools of Curious Delight

Creativity in the Classroom: Schools of Curious Delight

Creativity in the Classroom: Schools of Curious Delight

Creativity in the Classroom: Schools of Curious Delight

Synopsis

The third edition of this well-known text continues the mission of its predecessors--to help teachers link research and theory regarding creativity to the everyday activities of classroom teaching. Part I (chapters 1-4) includes information on theories of creativity, characteristics of creative individuals, talent development, and motivation and creativity. Part II (chapters 5-8) includes strategies designed to explicitly teach creative thinking, to weave creative thinking into content area instruction, and to organize basic classroom activities (grouping, lesson planning, assessment, grading) in ways that support students' creativity. *Pedagogy --Within each chapter reflection questions and sample lesson plans help the reader adapt ideas to their own teaching situations. *Changes --In addition to general updating, there is new material on cross-cultural concepts of creativity, on teaching for creativity in an age of standards (including lessons tied directly to state standards), and on collaborative creativity. * Audiences --This book is suitable for any course that deals wholly or partly with creativity in teaching, teaching the gifted and talented, or teaching thinking and problem solving. Such courses are variously found in departments of special education, curriculum and instruction, or educational psychology.

Excerpt

At many points in the writing process an author asks him- or herself, “Why am I doing this? Why write this book?” For me, the answer has two components: belief in the importance of creativity in the constant reshaping of the world in which we live and, more specifically, belief in the importance of creativity in the schools. It is easy to consider the essential role of creativity in bringing joy and meaning to the human condition—without creativity we have no art, no literature, no science, no innovation, no problem solving, no progress. It is, perhaps, less obvious that creativity has an equally essential role in schools. The processes of creativity parallel those of learning. Recent calls for authentic activities, teaching for understanding, and real-world problem solving all require engaging students with content in flexible and innovative ways. Students who use content in creative ways learn the content well. They also learn strategies for identifying problems, making decisions, and finding solutions both in and out of school. Classrooms organized to develop creativity become places of both learning and wonder, the “curious delight” of the book's title.

WHY THIS BOOK?

Creativity in the Classroom: Schools of Curious Delight is a book about creativity written specifically for teachers. It was designed for a graduate course . . .

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