Going Places

Fostering Creativity in Gifted Students

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"Who said it has to be a go-kart?"

You were born to be creative & innovative!

We would be living like the cavemen, using primitive tools if we weren't.
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Are you an artist?

Many kindergartners will answer this question with a YES. Ask older students the same question and you will have significantly fewer who answer affirmatively.

Why do you think this is the case?

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Divergent & Convergent Thinking - We need a balance

Divergent Thinking

We have MANY ideas and variations of the ideas.

Defer judgement while generating ideas!

Convergent Thinking

We must select the best.
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We can practice deliberate creativity, flexible thinking & open-mindedness!

We need to teach students to generate MANY ideas while realizing that only a few are impactful.

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.

To be effective creatives, children must be taught that prolonged effort is not the opposite of ingenuity, it is its superfood.

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

Students have to open their minds to things that are less obvious. Getting them out of their comfort zones as a part of your lessons encourages flexibility, resiliency and intellect. We want learners to do more than give you back what they think you want from them.
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How is creativity related to giftedness?

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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

Could the students show that they know the safety rules by explaining "the real" reason for the rules using humor?
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Problem-Based Learning

Open-ended problems of the week and design thinking can be used to deliver the core subject matter with performance expectations that result in a product, service, or process.

Creative Problem Solving

You go to Austin to do some shopping. They do not offer plastic shopping bags at this shopping center.

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.


How could that activity apply to your content area?

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!

Partner Work

You will each roll the die to see where you land on the grid. Wherever you land you must include that element into the story.
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PBL - Project Based Learning

Who's asking the questions?

Genius Hour

Infuse the Arts

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Metaphorical Thinking & Forced Associations

Odd One Out helps with connections as well.
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Try learning grids in various content areas.

Have a grid containing pictures of insects. Partners roll the dice and then compare the two insects.
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Micro-choices & Macro-choices

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Write a play:

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Make a mark! Get started!

The Dot
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