Thinking Creatively: Inventing the Possible

Presented by Linda V. Nitsche
  • EduCon2.2, January 27, 2010


Ken Robinson’s TED talk, “Do Schools Kill Creativity?”, challenges us to rethink schools to value creativity. As we stand at a crossroads where the strict content standards of No Child Left Behind may ease, allowing for a broader view of students' strengths and capacities, creativity is again gaining momentum as a key skill and capacity for the 21st century. The Framework for 21st Century Skills identifies Learning and Innovation Skills as a 21st century outcome for students in order to be prepared for increasingly complex life and work environments. But, with little focus and attention on creative thinking, our teachers and schools are not well prepared with a wide range of techniques to guide students in meeting the challenges of their futures with creative and imaginative solutions. What tools and techniques can help us think creatively, work creatively with others, and implement innovations?

Through this discussion we will explore strategies to advocate for and integrate creativity in the classroom, including frameworks for creative thinking and best practices to nurture and develop a supportive classroom culture. More importantly, we will discuss how could we use our reflections and synthesis as a foundation for real action that would help to scaffold others to value and infuse creative thinking into their work with students.

Let's Continue Learning Together:

I would love for this wiki to be a resource for all participants after the conference is finished. Please feel free to add and share any resources that you feel will be valuable to our conversation on any of these wiki pages:
  • Participant Notes: Please feel free to post your notes here on the wiki so that we can all benefit from your thinking
  • Resources: A list of helpful resources for embracing creativity and innovation in your professional practice

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