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The importance of promoting student creativity and providing "creative spaces" (i.e., the time, awareness, opportunity, acceptance and support of creativity) in the classroom, where students can freely express themselves, has continued to find support in the many innovations that emphasize excellence in education (e.g., calls for more authentic learning activities, use of problem-based and creative problem solving activities, teaching for understanding). Where students use academic content creatively, they learn the content well. There are many ways that teachers can promote the creativity of their students in the classroom.
This group is designed to promote discussion of the many, varied and unusual ways we can do that.
ASCD 2012 Virtual Conference: Live from Philadelphia
A Discussion With Allison Zmuda
Cynthia_Shepardson, 3 years ago| FlagSuzy, there are so many ways we can promote creativity
in our classrooms . I am so glad to hear you are making deliberate efforts to do so in your classroom. Have you seen the recent article in Newsweek on the "Creativit y Crisis"? I agree with a lot of what is says, especially the part about making creativity a priority in our classrooms .
Suzy_Brooks, 3 years ago| FlagCynthia - totally I agree - though Creativity
often is synonymous with the Arts - there is also creativity in writing, in thought, and in problem solving... A course I took explored the idea that creativity can be taught - so I try my best to name it, and model it, in my 3rd grade classroom. ...
Cynthia_Shepardson, 3 years ago| FlagSo often, whenever I speak to people about creativity
, teachers included, the impression is that creativity = art. People certainly can be creative through the arts, but there is so much more to it, and so many ways we can provide opportunit ies for students/p eople to be creative beyond the arts.
Cynthia_Shepardson, 3 years ago| FlagCreativity
is not a frill. It is important in its own right, and as a means of helping students get the most from other content areas. I was introduced to "teaching for creativity " when I became the "gifted specialist " at my school. I soon came to understand the essential nature of creativity for all students, to bring out their best qualities. I love what it does for people!