The Case for Creativity: Reversing the Decline of Creativity

The Case for Creativity: Reversing the Decline of Creativity What do a Disney animator, a traffic engineer, and a scientist all have in common with 21st century learners? Give up yet? Well, they all use creativity to solve problems and answer questions! While that may sound like a bad joke, the decline of creativity in students is no laughing matter. Recent studies have shown that creativity has been declining in students since 1990. This comes at a time when 21st century jobs require more creativity than ever, just like the three examples above. In fact, the Partnership for 21st Century Learning has identified creativity as one of the Four Cs for learning and innovation necessary for job readiness. The focus on assessment in the classroom, the lack of free time at home and in the school day, and an overemphasis on technology all contribute to suppressing our students’ natural creativity. [...]

By | January 12th, 2016|Categories: Creative, Creativity|0 Comments

Creative Thinking Tools for Gifted Students

Teach a child to test and he will succeed for a day. Teach him to think creatively, and he will thrive for a lifetime. Developing creative thinking in the classroom In the competitive, technology driven world that, today’s students are preparing to enter, there is one skill that will set them apart. It isn’t intelligence. It isn’t even tech savvy. The most sought-after tool you can put into your students’ toolboxes is creative thinking. But how does one teach creative thinking? Do you need meditation circles and finger paint? As trainer Joyce Juntune, Ph.D, reveals in her course “Developing Creative Thinking in the Classroom,” it’s something in which even the most no-nonsense educator can excel. Dr. Juntune is a renowned consultant, trainer, professor, and lecturer with more than 45 years of experience in the field of education. She is an instructional associate professor at Texas A&M University where she teaches [...]

By | June 17th, 2015|Categories: Creativity|0 Comments

Exploring the connections between Giftedness, Creativity and Leadership

Houston, We Have A Problem Exploring the connections between Giftedness, Creativity and Leadership Do you remember Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger? He’s the pilot who famously landed his US Airways flight in the Hudson River when birds flew into one of the engines shortly after takeoff. Captain Sullenberger proved that even the best training can’t prepare us for every scenario in life, but truly effective leaders can identify and execute creative solutions to big problems under pressure. Given the challenges facing society today, we need our G/T students stepping into leadership roles and offering creative solutions more than ever before. In “Giftedness, Creativity and Leadership,” Benny Hickerson, Ph.D. discusses creativity and leadership in gifted students and explores problem finding and problem solving strategies that can be used in the classroom. Dr. Hickerson is a retired school teacher and administrator, a part-time instructor at SMU, and a G/T consultant to many [...]

By | April 10th, 2015|Categories: Creative, Creativity|0 Comments

Creative Curriculum for Gifted and Talented Students

Everything is… Creative Encouraging and Valuing Creativity in Students Did you think I was going to say “Awesome”? If you’ve spent more than five minutes with an elementary age boy in the last year, you already know “Everything is Awesome,” but Nicole Shannon has another message for G/T teachers. Her message is that “Everything is Creative!” It used to be that society was separated into two classes: You were either smart or creative (also known as left brained or right brained). Today we are learning that creativity is an essential key to being awesome in anything we do. In this course review of “Encouraging Creativity,” Nicole Shannon explores why creative thinking is so important today, debunks creative myths, introduces some leaders in creative thinking, and shares practical creative activities you can use in your classroom. Nicole Shannon has over 18 years of experience in gifted education. She serves as the [...]

By | December 22nd, 2014|Categories: Creative, Creativity|0 Comments

Teaching Style to Optimizing Visual Learning

(A Review of Timothy Gangwer’s Whole Brain Visual Thinking) You can bet that this translates to 65% of your students being visual learners. This is a method of education that is generally overlooked. It is unfortunate, especially when the mind processes visual information 60,000 times faster than text. Timothy Gangwer’s definition of Whole Brain Visual Thinking, has three aspects to it. Educators: Specifically those who will embrace and model visual literacy. Thinking outside the box: Jumping on and off the beaten path to explore various areas. Technology: This is changing every day. Mr. Gangwer is co-founder of Visual Teaching Alliance, bringing unique instructional approaches, “out-of-the-box” classroom strategies and up-to-date technology to the field of education.  His organization has equipped over 280,000 teachers nationally and internationally. Apply the Socratic Method to implement whole brain visual learning Socratic Teaching simply involves continuous dialogue between the teacher (mentor) and students. “The days of “I [...]

By | May 12th, 2014|Categories: Creativity, Differentiation|0 Comments