Integrating Creative Thinking Into Your 21st Century Classroom
By Patti Garrett Shade & Dr. Richard Shade
Creative Thinking is emerging to the forefront of education as an essential strategy for the successful development of our 21st century students. Creativity enhances all curricula when embedded in a rich content environment. Yet it often continues to be a missing component of teacher preparation programs and professional development offerings.
Educators often find it difficult to merge the skills associated with major initiatives (NCLB, RtI, CCSS) AND creative thinking into their personal “instructional toolbox.” It is left up to the individual educator to determine how to make all the components of great teaching work seamlessly in the classroom.
Curiosita Teaching is designed to support teaching creativity and teaching creatively! It brings together the bits and pieces of all the major educational initiatives, such as differentiation, multiple intelligences, backward planning, brain-engaged strategies, etc., under the umbrella of creativity combining theory AND practice.
Curiosita Teaching helps students develop the skills and attitudes necessary for the challenging 21st century life and work requirements. It provides the educator with a comprehensive approach that creates classrooms that truly develop all aspects of student creativity.
Educators striving to improve their instructional practices understand that teaching strategies and new initiatives cannot be successfully implemented in isolation. Curiosita Teaching provides you with the flexibility and structure to integrate creative thinking into your repertoire at your own comfort level. The program allows you to personally differentiate your implementation. This approach puts you, the teacher, in control of your own learning and teaching. Choose incremental or innovative levels of change within your classroom as you explore teaching creativity and teaching creatively.
View the Handbook of Instructional Strategies that includes activities in classroom environment, learning and thinking styles, the compenents of creativity, and product-based units. The CD that accompanies the Handbook includes 240+ templates for classroom use.