Creative Thinking for the Classroom

An introduction to bringing creativity and creative thinking into the classroom environment.
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  • Lectures 24
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 6/2015 English

Course 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!

What are the requirements?

  • There is a workbook included in the course that you should download before viewing the first lesson.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn a deliberate creative problem solving process
  • Apply deliberate creativity into the classroom
  • Introduce students to the benefits of creative problem solving

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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Section 1: Introduction
Introduction for Teachers

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

Section 2: The Workbook
36 pages

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

Section 3: The Basics of Creative Behavior
The Basics of Creative Behavior for Teachers

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


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


Learn how to best create options and narrow them down.


Curiosity: A critical skill in problem solving and creating.

Section 4: The Creative Problem Solving Process
The Creative Problem Solving Process for Teachers

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


Seeing problems in a more positive way.


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


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


Not all problems require creative solutions.


A tool for creating and gathering ideas.


A tool for creating and gathering ideas.


A tool for creating and gathering ideas.


A tool for creating and gathering ideas.


A tool for creating and gathering ideas.


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


A tool for developing ideas into workable and valuable solutions.


A system for putting ideas into action.

Section 5: Review
Wrap-up for Teachers

A review of the key concepts from this course.

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Instructor Biography

Cyndi Burnett, 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."

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