Turn Up The Volume!

Fatima Rich Assistant Principal HSE Schools

Walk in Activity

Please introduce yourself to other participants.

Next, please download Paper by 53 on your Ipad or Iphone. Do not worry if you do not have one of these devices.

Introductions - "Catch the Ball"

  1. Name
  2. Position
  3. School
  4. What would your job be if you weren't in education?
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What Type of Questions Lead Students to Creative Thinking?

Turn and Talk.
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1-FLUENCY: What are all of the possible uses for your item?

Go to www.awwapp.com and use this web whiteboard to record your ideas using text, drawing tools, and/or photos.

Let's transfer our questions into reading. We all know the story of the Three Little Pigs.

Use a post it, Padlet, or White Board App to do the following:

FLUENCY: List all of the ways the pigs could have built their homes.

So what is FLUENCY?

The first step to problem solving or generating anything creative is having as many ideas as possible to choose from. School tends to make students seek one correct answer instead of considering multiple possibilities. Students learn not to go past one.

2-FLEXIBILITY: How might the following people view the word 'charge' differently?

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Zoo Keeper

Rock Star

Let's transfer our questions into reading again. How would the story be different if the three littler pigs were three little fish? or the step sisters in Cinderella were nice instead of mean?

Pick your tool to share your thinking!

Post it


White Board App


Flexible thinkers are able to "play devil's advocate," flip to alternate sides of an argument, and ultimately build better reasoning because they can see where an opponent is coming from.
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Welcome Back!! Let's Review...

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3-ORIGINALITY: Name things that fly.

(Whole group list on board, or split into two with recorders.)

What is the best way to improve a cell phone?

Brainstorm and then choose one.

What would be the best way to advertise your improved cell phone? Create an advertisement using Paper by 53 for cell phone companies.

Let's take our questions into math/PE this time. Your turn to try this one in small groups.

"How could... you use each other to show 24?"

Next try:

"How could...you show 24 as a shape?"


Originality is the crux of innovation and the most fragile in school settings where we have “answers.” Most students will keep original thoughts to themselves for fear of being deemed "weird" by peers or "inappropriate" by teachers. Originality involves the greatest risk taking of all creativity skills. Open acceptance and respect for original ideas is vital to developing and maintaining students' originality. How peers and teachers react to ideas can make or break originality.

4-ELABORATION: What if the wolf was punished? What should his punishment be? Does bad behavior of one party justify bad behavior back?

Let's take our question into science this time.

What if you could choose to annotate a diagram of a plant or an insect?

What would you choose and how would you annotate?

Name things that are red.

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As students become more fluent in generating ideas, for example, they want to explain and embellish upon them. Elaboration takes an inspiring or original idea and completes it. Sometimes "the devil is in the details" to accomplish a creative task.

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What was different with your first set of questions and new questions?

Make it Kid Friendly

Fluency - lots of ideas

Flexibility - stretching thinking

Originality - new ideas

Elaboration - add details

Fluency, Originality, Flexibility and Elaborating in Elementary School
Fluency, Originality, Flexibility and Elaborating in Middle School

Most of all...make it safe!

How did using real objects, questioning, and technology amplify instruction for you today?

Reflection: What is one thing you will try this school year? Turn and talk.

Resources Used Today:




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