Creativity and Innovation

The 4Cs in the Classroom

What are the 4C's?

  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Creativity & Innovation

Defining Creativity and Innovation in the Classroom

"Creativity can be defined in many ways, but P21 defines creativity as follows:


Think Creatively:


  • Use a wide range of idea creation techniques (such as brainstorming)
  • Create new and worthwhile ideas (both incremental and radical concepts)
  • Elaborate, refine, analyze, and evaluate original ideas to improve and maximize creative efforts



Work Creatively with Others:


  • Develop, implement, and communicate new ideas to others effectively
  • Be open and responsive to new and diverse perspectives; incorporate group input and feedback into the work
  • Demonstrate originality and inventiveness in work and understand the real world limits to adopting new ideas
  • View failure as an opportunity to learn; understand that creativity and innovation are part of a long-term, cyclical process of small successes and frequent mistakes



Implement Innovation:


  • Act on creative ideas to make a tangible and useful contribution to the field in which the innovation will occur"



National Education Association. (2010). Preparing 21st century students for a global society: An educator’s guide to the “four Cs.”. Retrieved February 21, 2015, from the National Education Association.

Another Look at Creativity in the Classroom

What the Experts say....


  • Creativity is more than originality
  • There are different levels
  • The context matters
  • There are both benefits and costs
  • There is a time and a place



"Creativity, the ability to produce original works or solutions to problems that are productive and task appropriate" (Beghetto & Kaufman, 2013).


"Teachers who understand that creativity combines both originality and task appropriateness are in better position to integrate student creativity into the everyday curriculum in ways that complement, rather than compete with, academic learning" (Beghetto & Kaufman, 2013).

Creating an Environment for Creativity

  • Learning environment where it is safe to take risks
  • Learning environment rich in domain/content knowledge
  • Increased assessments to lessen pressure on single assessment and purposeful.

Resources

Beghetto & Kaufman, 2013


Eggen, P. D., & Kauchak, D. P. (2015). Educational psychology: Windows on classrooms. Prentice Hall.


National Education Association. (2010). Preparing 21st century students for a global society: An educator’s guide to the “four Cs.”. Retrieved February 21, 2015, from the National Education Association.