Strategies to Spark Creativity

Guiding Students Toward Higher Level Thinking

A wealth of hidden knowledge awaits you in your classroom...

...stored inside the minds of each of your students...

HOW WILL YOU UNLOCK IT?

FIVE STRATEGIES FOR DEVELOPING CRITICAL THINKING

FIVE STRATEGIES FOR DEVELOPING CREATIVITY

VISUAL & WRITTEN MATERIAL

Each child learns differently and has learning strengths. Provide multiple materials that can appeal to various ways of learning.
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MAKE USE OF TECHNOLOGY AND MULTIMEDIA RESOURCES

Young minds absorb 21st Century technology well. With appropriate guidance and monitoring, creativity and technology can work hand-in-hand! Don't forget items like YouTube. A video packed with information can be a valuable resource to spark student discussion, provide a great demonstration or a problem-solving adventure.
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INVOLVE STUDENT INTEREST

Nobody enjoys boredom. Incorporate student interest into topics as much as possible to foster involvement and attention span. With this framework, creativity can grow

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ADDITIONAL IDEAS TO CONSIDER....

Guide your students to understand that "risk taking" is accepted and encouraged! Exploring new ideas will most certainly traveling down a few dead-end roads. Reinforce to your students that "mistakes" are learning tools, not failure.


Consider having students record team and individual learning experiences in a reflection journal. This type of tool can provide valuable information in retrospect to reveal growth and, possibly, forgotten information from past learning sessions.


Don't forget, educators, that we thrive by utilizing reflection materials as well!