Creative Thinking for the Classroom
What you'll learn
- Learn a deliberate creative problem solving process
- Apply deliberate creativity into the classroom
- Introduce students to the benefits of creative problem solving
- There is a workbook included in the course that you should download before viewing the first lesson.
Help your students to develop their daily creativity using these short, easy-to-follow videos, led by Dr. Cyndi Burnett and narrated by Sam the Yellow Man!
Creative thinking is a skill, and like any skill, developing it requires practice. This course is aimed at teachers who wish to incorporate creative thinking skills into their classroom environments, and to do so in a way that is compatible with their students' learning habits. The course is taught through a combination of short videos (maximum 10 minutes) and guided practice. It comes with a workbook that students can fill in along with the lesson videos (recommended), or work through on their own time. The lessons are short, the activities are simple, and you can practice the skills during your normal daily routine.
Each video introduces you to a new element of the creative thinking process, and we will encourage you to apply the skill to your normal classroom environment. Each video builds on the previous ones, so over the course of a few weeks you and your students will have learned a lot, and practiced even more!
Who this course is for:
- This course is meant for teachers of young adults (ages 12-18) interested in enhancing their creativity, including middle school and high school instructors.
I am an Associate Professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY Buffalo State, where I implement the Center's efforts to “ignite creativity around the world." My work includes projects such as developing online 3D creativity labs, connecting communities of creative thinkers via social media, and designing a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Everyday Creativity! I have an EdD in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning from the University of Toronto.
My research interests include: understanding creativity in a hyper-connected world, creative thinking in higher education, and the use of creative models and techniques in children. I was recently featured in an article in the New York Times, titled "Creativity Becomes an Academic Discipline."