Creativity and Critical Thinking

Strategies for New Faculty

Strategies for Developing Creativity & Critical Thinking


  1. Provide students with work that they are interested in. Working for stickers and competition will not produce creative work.
  2. It is not necessary to eliminate stress, but the classroom stress levels should be tolerable.
  3. Keep learning goals realistic and relevant.
  4. Classroom climate impacts creativity. Keep the tone positive, and students will be more open to new experiences and generate more ideas.
  5. Avoid the temptation to fix problems and keep students happy at all times.

Critical Thinking:

  1. Identify and utilize the skills and knowledge of expert mentors in the field, and give students every opportunity to build a broad knowledge base.
  2. Allow students to have conflicting opinions and ideas, but follow through with a cool-down time and an opportunity to reconvene and reassess their work.
  3. Keep the size and scope of projects manageable, and encourage generation of multiple ideas instead of one elaborate one.
  4. Help students find a zone that provides manageable challenges, but does not produce unmanageable anxiety.
  5. Consider diversifying groups by skill levels, beliefs, experiences, or backgrounds. Amabile et al. • Intrinsic motivation has a direct relationship to creativity. • Provide students with work

Fletcher, T. S. (2011). Creative Thinking in Schools: Finding the "Just Right" Challenge for Students. Gifted Child Today, 34(2), 37.