Fostering Creativity in Gifted Students
"Who said it has to be a go-kart?"
You were born to be creative & innovative!
Are you an artist?
Why do you think this is the case?
Divergent & Convergent Thinking - We need a balance
Defer judgement while generating ideas!
We can practice deliberate creativity, flexible thinking & open-mindedness!
Many times a novel idea is immediately met with all of the reasons it won't work. Learn how to defer judgement, so that you won't limit your ability to see new possibilities.
Sir Ken Robinson said it best when he said, “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”
Appreciate their approximations!
Get students out of their comfort zone
How is creativity related to giftedness?
7 Pillars To Promote Creativity
from: Teacher's Conference 2013 'Seven Ways to Promote Creativity in the Classroom' by Carol Read
1. Build up positive self-esteem - Learners need to feel safe to share in this learning environment. (Sense of purpose).
2. Model creativity yourself.
3. Offer choice.
4. Practice effective questioning.
5. Provide opportunities for students to make connections.
6. Explore ideas & keep options open - (Popplet- Mind-maps)
7. Encourage critical reflection (Evaluate)
Let them break the rules once they’ve proved they’ve mastered them.
Science Safety Rules
Creative Problem Solving
Work with your group to design a bag out of the materials available to you. How could you market this bag? Create a short commercial to present to the whole group that highlights the features of your bag.
Feel free to write a jingle if you'd like.
TURN & TALK
How can you make that activity more student driven?
How could an activity like that make an impact on a larger audience?
Talk about extensions with your partner.
Give them an audience!
PBL - Project Based Learning
Who's asking the questions?
Infuse the Arts
Metaphorical Thinking & Forced Associations
Try learning grids in various content areas.
Micro-choices & Macro-choices
Write a play:
Make a mark! Get started!
Connections across the curriculum
Her dot became a car in a hail storm. The class had been studying weather.
Can you guess what story he was reading?