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Creativity Articles

Ambiguous Sentences

This type of sentence has great possibilities for classroom application because of its two different interpretations. It's a perfect tool to: demonstrate careful reading, showcase the need for editing while writing, and encourage creativity and divergent thinking.


Creative Math Warmups

Creativity and math may seem completely incompatible. Math is when students follow predefined steps to arrive at an exact answer! Here are four ideas for quick math warmups that encourage students to use divergent, creative thinking.


An Image for Divergent Thinking Practice

I think this is an interesting way to practice our students' divergent thinking skills. What else could this trash can's icon represent?


Get Students Out Of Creative Ruts

Sometimes students need a little structure to force them into a more creative state of mind. Here are a few ideas for interesting writing prompts


Assessing Creativity?

Nothing's harder than trying to figure out how to honor students' amazing creativity without coloring their academic grades. My solution: a vote and some special certificates.


A Creative Coloring Book (For All Ages)

A few years ago, my young niece picked up interesting coloring book while we vacationed in Mammoth Lakes, CA. This is no “stay within the lines” book, however. Titled Scribbles, this book is filled with nearly 400 creative, divergent, and open-ended thinking tasks.


Beyond Checkers

Even the simplest game takes on interesting new twists when we alter the rules a bit. Let's look at ways our students can modify checkers and turn this children's game into something new to explore.


Creating In Science

It's easy for science instruction to linger in the bowels of Bloom's Taxonomy as we try to cram everything into the tiny time allotted. However, isolated facts don't inspire our students. Let's set up units that invoke creativity but demand knowledge.


Building Confidence in Creativity

Let's tackle Torrence's specific elements of creativity and build up students' confidence in their creativity through vocabulary games, drawing games, and the alternative uses task.


Multiple Perspectives: Right And Wrong At The Same Time?

It's essential to teach our students to think flexibly and consider multiple points of view. Flexible thinking leads to product innovation, diplomacy between nations, and advances in science. School, however, often encourages students to settle into a "one right answer" mindset.


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