Teaching/Learning Strategies: Creative Thinking and Creative Problem Solving

GREAT SITE FOR CREATING A SENSE OF CURIOSITY! [http://wonderopolis.org/]  Students can even submit their own "I wonder..."

TERRIFIC MATH SITE FOR DEVELOPING MATHEMATICAL THINKING:  [https://www.youcubed.org/tasks/]

UNITS BASED ON Critical and Creative Thinking Strategies (K-12): http://www.rogertaylor.com/index.php?submenu=Curriculum&src=gendocs&link=SampleUnits&category=Curriculum%20Units

CREATIVE THINKING STRATEGIES:  http://creatingminds.org/tools/tools_ideation.htm

NCDPI BOOSTER SHOTS - PD  http://ncaig.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/AIG+Booster+Shot+Series

Brain Training through Lumosity

Creativity and problem solving lesson plans for all grades: http://www.eds-resources.com/edcreative.htm

Global Ideas Bank The site for the Global Ideas Bank holds innumerable ideas for ill-structured problems from all over the world - everything from world hunger and taxation to the need for facial exercise.  People's solutions to the problems are proposed, and you can evaluate their solutions.  Fabulous way to develop critical problem solving skills.[http://www.globalideasbank.org/]

Learning Styles vs. Teaching Styles This site links to an on-line learning style inventory through NCSU, but also includes research concerning teaching and learning styles and their relationship.[http://www.sosu.edu/cidt/briefs/tb1.htm]

Creative Strategies for Teaching Language Arts to Gifted Students (K-8)This Eric article provides several strategies to teacher language arts; poetry, fiction, and biographies. Divergent thinking, fractured fairy tales, free verse, group poems, individual poems, using research to develop historical biographies. [http://ericec.org/digests/e612.html]

ASA Science Education – Creative Thinking Provides the how, what’s and why’s of creativity, teaching strategies, and research; plenty of references, and resources.[http://www.asa3.org/ASA/education/think/creative.htm#edu]

Creative and Critical Thinking: Bloom’s Taxonomy A comprehensive list of links to resources for creativity, critical thinking, and Bloom’s. Lists attributes in cognitive, affective, psychomotor domains.[http://eduscapes.com/tap/topic69.htm]

Web Bibliography of Great Sites for Creative ThinkingThis bibliography, created by Wake County media specialist Pam Jackson, is a fabulous resource for developing lesson plans and understanding creativity.[http://www.connections-nc.com/bibliography.htm]

TECHNIQUES FOR CREATIVE THINKING MODELS

Six Hats Thinking Dr. Edward DeBono’s Six Hats Lateral Thinking. Six Hats Thinking is used in schools as well as corporations. DeBono’s model represents 6 kinds of thinkers with different colored hats. Students are challenged to wear different hats to change their way of thinking. Try a college library to checkout a copy of his book or go to DeBono’s website to purchase the school CD. [http://www.sixhats.com/]

LESSON PLANS


Math and Literature - Website that provides math resources to teachers, parents and students, including terrific literature selections correlated with CCSS for math instruction.
http://bridges1.mathlearningcenter.org/resources/materials

Squiggle Art Lesson to demonstrate brainstorming and enhance flexibility skills using art.[http://www.lessonplanspage.com/ArtSquiggleArt23.htm]

University of North Texas – Gifted EdSample lesson plans include attribute listing, reverse brainstorming, analogical thinking.[http://www.coe.unt.edu/gifted/]

Inventors at About.com Use inventions to teach creativity. Detailedlesson plan.[http://inventors.about.com/library/lessons/bl_inventive_thinking.htm]

ARTICLES

Accelerated Learning Online“The Effectiveness Of Teaching Strategies For Creativity In A Nursing Concepts.  This article sheds some light on the importance of teaching creativity skills to all students. Industries need for divergent thinkers. [http://www.accelerated-learning-online.com/research/effectiveness-teaching-strategies-creativity-nursing-concepts.asp]

EnGauge 21st Century Skills This paper was developed by North Central Regional Education Lab’s, 21st Century Skills: Literacy in a Digital Age.” Creativity is defined and the need to develop this skill in the 21st Century digital age. The section, “Glimpses into 21st Century Classroom” depicts classroom experiences that enrich the learning environment. A bibliography is included. [http://www.ncrel.org/engauge/skills/invent4.htm]

Kidsource.com “Creativity in Young Children”. Features an article from ERIC that discusses creativity and what affects its expression. Educators and parents can either encourage or unknowingly discourage it.[http://www.kidsource.com/kidsource/content2/creativity_in_kids.html]

COMPETITIONS

Invent America Get students involved in projects to encourage creativity and build self-esteem.  [http://www.inventamerica.com/kidskills.cfm] 
Young Inventors Award Program More opportunities for students to demonstrate creativity by designing tool inventions. Grade 2-8 are eligible to apply. [http://www.nsta.org/programs/craftsman/] 
Odyssey of the Mind In addition to describing OM, this site gives scenarios and practice problems that are great for classroom use, even if one is not planning to compete. [http://www.odysseyofthemind.org/]