Teaching Outside the Lines: Developing Creativity in Every Learner
Publication Year: 2015
Make Creativity The Core Of The Curriculum! Ignoring creativity is a crisis-in-waiting. But in today’s economy, the ability to think independently and innovatively is no longer a “nice extra”–it’s a survival skill. This book addresses the difficulties of integrating real creativity into the curriculum, and delivers surefire strategies for equipping learners across all grades and subjects with the motivation and critical thinking skills to thrive in a high-tech future. Content includes: • Why “one right answer” instruction paradigms discourage critical thinking and risk-taking • Why using the latest technology does not equate to teaching creatively • Projects and Prompts that ask “So what does this mean in the classroom today?” Don’t wait another day to begin teaching your students this valuable skill. With this book, you’ll turn your ...
- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Subject Index
- Introduction: How Did Vasco da Gama Spark My Interest in Creativity?
- Chapter 1: The Rise of the Creative Class(room): Why Is Creativity No Longer a “Nice Extra” in Education?
- Chapter 2: I Can’t Define It, But I Know It When I See It: What Is Creativity Anyway?
- Chapter 3: The One-Right-Answer Testing Mentality: Why Are Schools Failing to Produce Creative Graduates?
- Chapter 4: The Dog Chupacabra Ate My Homework: What Is the Theory of Multiple Creative Abilities?
- Chapter 5: A Job Not Worth Doing Is Not Worth Doing Well: What Are the Attributes of Projects That Help Instill Creativity?
- Chapter 6: List Three Right Answers: What Are Some Simple Ways Teachers Can Promote Creative Thinking Every Day?
- Chapter 7: Just Because It’s Pretty Doesn’t Mean It’s Original: Does Technology Enhance or Diminish Creativity?
- Chapter 8: Not Everything That Counts Can Be Measured: Can—or Should—Teachers Assess Creativity?
- Chapter 9: I Stole the Idea From the Internet: How Can Educators Become More Professionally Creative?
- Chapter 10: Change Is Good . . . You Go First: Why Do We Love Creativity but Fear Creative People?
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This one is for my grandchildren Paul, Miles, Theo, and London. My hope is that this book helps your school become a place that honors creativity.
To Mary Mehsikomer and Anne Hanson—for reviewing the draft and adding great suggestions.
To Sir Ken Robinson who kicked all conscientious educators in the butt with his 2006 TED Talk on how schools are crushing creativity.
And as always, to the LWW for her continued support.Publisher’s Acknowledgments
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