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Teaching for Creativity in the Common Core Classroom

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Teaching for Creativity in the Common Core Classroom

Creativity and the Common Core State Standards are both important to today's teachers. Yet, for many educators, nurturing students' creativity seems to conflict with ensuring that they learn specific skills and content. In this book, the authors outline ways to adapt existing lessons and mandated curricula to encourage the development of student creativity alongside more traditional academic skills. Based on cutting-edge psychological research on creativity, the text debunks common misconceptions about creativity and describes how learning environments can support both creativity and the Common Core; offers creative lessons and insights for teaching English language arts and mathematics; and includes assessments for creativity and Common Core learning. Featuring numerous classroom examples, this practical resource will empower teachers to think of the Common Core and creativity as encompassing complementary, rather than mutually exclusive, goals.

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ISBN-13: 9780807756157
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 12/26/2014
Edition description: 0
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Robert J. Sternberg xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

1 Creativity and the Common Core 8

Vignette 1 Should Teachers Establish a Separate "Creativity Time" in Their Curriculum? 8

Vignette 2 Is Creativity Really Compatible with Standards-Based Teaching? 8

Common Beliefs About Creativity 9

Common Beliefs About Content Standards 10

Content Standards and Creativity: Irreconcilable Differences? 12

Concluding Thoughts 17

From Concepts to Classroom 18

2 Understanding Creativity in the Classroom: Getting Beyond Hidden Beliefs and Misconceptions 20

Vignette 1 Must We Limit Originality with Cold Facts? 20

Vignette 2 is It Ever Okay to Stifle Creativity? 20

Creativity: A Brief Theoretical Overview 21

Creativity: Applying the Theories 29

Creativity: Misperceptions 31

Creative Metacognition 32

From Concepts to Classroom 35

Concluding Thoughts 36

3 Learning Environments that Support Creativity and the Common Core 38

Vignette 1 Math Motorcycles 38

Vignette 2 Reading Ratatouille 39

Establishing a Supportive Learning Environment 39

From Concepts to Classroom 46

Concluding Thoughts 52

4 Practical Applications 1: Creative Lessons and Insights in English and Language Arts 55

Vignette 1 Meanings of Words in Various Contexts 55

Vignette 2 Writing Dialogue and Writing Creatively 56

Vignette 3 Divergent Thinking During Character Brainstorming and Comparison 60

Vignette 4 Distinguishing Among Fact, Opinion, and Reasoned Judgment 63

Vignette 5 Verb Tense and Student Storytelling 65

How to Teach for Creativity While Teaching the English Language Arts (ELA) Common Core 67

From Concepts to Classroom 76

Concluding Thoughts 78

5 Practical Applications 2: Creative Lessons and Insights in Mathematics 79

Vignette I Mathematical Permutations and Combinations 79

Vignette 2 Applying Mathematical Knowledge in New Situations 81

Vignette 3 Using Design Challenges in Mathematics Teaching 85

How to Teach for Creativity While Teaching the Mathematics Common Core 87

Concluding Thoughts 93

From Concepts to Classroom 94

6 Where Do We Go from Here? 98

What Are the Best Instructional Techniques for Promoting Creativity? 99

Creativity Across the Curriculum 100

Assessing Creativity and Common Core Learning 102

Synthesis of Key Concepts and Tips 106

Resources for Learning More About Creativity 107

References 111

Index 119

About the Authors 127

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