Creative Thinking for the Classroom
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Creative Thinking for the Classroom

An introduction to bringing creativity and creative thinking into the classroom environment.
5.0 (3 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
20 students enrolled
Created by Cyndi Burnett
Last updated 8/2015
English
Price: $50
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Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn a deliberate creative problem solving process
  • Apply deliberate creativity into the classroom
  • Introduce students to the benefits of creative problem solving
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Requirements
  • There is a workbook included in the course that you should download before viewing the first lesson.
Description

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 is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for teachers of young adults (ages 12-18) interested in enhancing their creativity, including middle school and high school instructors.
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Curriculum For This Course
24 Lectures
02:26:30
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Introduction
2 Lectures 06:06

An overview of the course and a recommended approach to developing your creative skills.

Preview 03:48
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The Workbook
1 Lecture 00:00

Students should download and use this workbook for exercises and practice.

Workbook
36 pages
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The Basics of Creative Behavior
5 Lectures 25:39

Defining “Creativity” and clarifying that we can all learn how to do it better.

Preview 06:42

This is a fundamental behavior that enables us to explore ideas and options more widely.

Delaying Your Judgment
04:59

Learn how to best create options and narrow them down.

Diverging and Converging
06:57

Curiosity: A critical skill in problem solving and creating.

The Power of Curiosity
04:29
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The Creative Problem Solving Process
14 Lectures 01:11:24
The Creative Problem Solving Process for Teachers
01:52

Managing the thinking process to ensure nothing is being left out.

Organizing a Process
06:06

Seeing problems in a more positive way.

Turning Problems into Opportunities
06:15

It's about more than just the cold, hard facts.

Facts, Feelings, and Hunches
05:54

Rephrasing problems as questions can invite a greater quantity of constructive ideas.

Problems as Questions
07:21

Not all problems require creative solutions.

What Types of Problem do You Have?
04:59

A tool for creating and gathering ideas.

Brainstorming
03:17

A tool for creating and gathering ideas.

SCAMPER
03:59

A tool for creating and gathering ideas.

Forced Connections
02:35

A tool for creating and gathering ideas.

Portable Think Tank
03:19

A tool for creating and gathering ideas.

VIR
04:12

Organizing, analyzing, and prioritizing multiple ideas in order to choose which one to develop.

Organizing Your Ideas
06:53

A tool for developing ideas into workable and valuable solutions.

Ideas to Solutions
07:13

A system for putting ideas into action.

Implementing Solutions
07:29
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Review
2 Lectures 07:21
Wrap-up for Teachers
03:54

A review of the key concepts from this course.

Course Review
03:27
About the Instructor
Cyndi Burnett
5.0 Average rating
3 Reviews
20 Students
1 Course
Creativity Professor

I am an Assistant 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, holistic approaches to Creative Problem Solving, 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."