Sparking Student Creativity: Practical Ways to Promote Innovative Thinking and Problem Solving

Sparking Student Creativity: Practical Ways to Promote Innovative Thinking and Problem Solving

Sparking Student Creativity: Practical Ways to Promote Innovative Thinking and Problem Solving

Sparking Student Creativity: Practical Ways to Promote Innovative Thinking and Problem Solving

Synopsis

Teaching isn't merely transmitting knowledge to students; it's also about teaching students to approach learning in engaging and unexpected ways. in Sparking Student Creativity: Practical Ways to Promote Innovative Thinking and Problem Solving, author and researcher Patti Drapeau explores and explains research related to creativity and its relevance in today's standards-based, critical thinking-focused classroom. the book vividly and comprehensively shows• How creative lessons can meet and extend the expectations of curriculum standards such as the Common Core State Standards,• How to incorporate creativity and assessment into daily classroom practices, • How to develop a Creativity Road Map to guide instruction, and • How to design lessons that prompt and support creative thinking.In addition, the book includes 40 "grab and go" ideas that infuse lesson plans with a spirit of exploration. No matter what grade levels or content areas you teach, Sparking Student Creativity will help you to produce creative lesson components that directly address critical content, target specific standards, and require thoughtful products from students as they grow into independent learners and become successful students and adults.

Excerpt

I wrote this book for three very specific reasons: to help teachers reach more students, especially those who are disengaged in school and do not find what we teach interesting; to suggest strategies and tools that encourage creative thinking and creative products; and to show teachers how to intentionally use creativity in their classrooms. Some students have interesting ideas but are unable to express them because many of our instructional activities do not lend themselves to such ways of thinking. It is my hope that the tools and strategies presented in this book provide teachers with tangible ways to promote creativity—resulting in an increase in student achievement and love of learning.

Through creativity, we can reach more of the learners more of the time. Creative thinking can be integrated into any content area. This book brings together research, theory, practical applications, and current thoughts about the role of creativity in education. In writing this book, I reflected on all that I have read . . .

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