Creativity and Critical Thinking

Kenneth Buff

Sparking Creativity

1. Allow time to think- No one is creative under pressure. Allowing students to relax and think creates an atmosphere of positive emotions that allows creativity to flourish.

2. Collaboration- Group work allows students to share ideas and grow their own ideas from each other.

3. Student driven lessons- Changing the usual procedures of the classroom and allowing students to drive the lesson can spark interest and other ideas on topics.

4. Encourage- Students need to be encouraged to show creativity. With a society that conforms to the norm and rejects creativity, teachers need to encourage creativity even more.

5. Take risk- Stepping outside the box yourself can show students that creativity is a good thing.

Sparking Critical Thinking

1. Be a facilitator- Provide a positive, reinforcing atmosphere in the classroom for students.

2. Provide opportunities for group responses- Allowing group responses helps students to collaborate among their group and integrate ideas.

3. Use questions- Allow students to think deeper about topics to further a discussion.

4. Make connections- Require students to recall information learned prior to a lesson or discussion.

5. Brainstorm- This allows students to bring out ideas from experience, prior knowledge, etc.