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A1- creative thinking is like a neatly wrapped present- You have to open up and find what is hiding inside.
creative thinking is like a big boulder- It can seem like a road block but there are ways around it #5thchat
A1 - Creative thinking is similar to the image of a lake.
Challenge: "Get from one side of the lake to the other."
Some might take a boat that travels around the jutting land, while others might just walk over the land from one side to the other. Both correct!
A2. I see Ss who are allowed to the resources they have to complete a learning target or task. Its s not all the kids completing the same task. They are able to gather what they need to show their learning in their own way. #5thchat
A2 - In order for "Creative Thinking" to take place, students need to feel that they are safe, be provided enough time to think and create, and be provided learning experiences that value creative thought. Some styles of teaching don't lend themselves to this. #5thchat
A2 I would see ss empowered by a room full of tools. It would sound energetic & excited. It would feel like the night before a performance w/a buzz of excitement, nervousness, focus. It would be a room lead by ss, not content or data. #5thchat
A3- Provide more choice, more student led activities- Today's creative prompt- solving a big problem we've been having in class that has left me very frustrated- turned it to Ss - let them brainstorm- their answers so much more creative (and feasible) than mine! #5thchat
A3 ss are born to think creatively. I just try & get out of the way more. I try & make lessons that deal w/questions/problems that transcend all disciplines. If ss don’t engage their creative mind, what can we do to create better conditions for creativity to shine? #5thchat
A2. I think Ss would be excited to share creative ideas and thinking along with discussions in the classroom lead by Ss. Ss designing their proj., creating and inventing new things, designing diff. things w/ tech.#5thchat
A3: For the last year and a half, I’ve taught K-5 STEM. I love showing my older Ss what my younger Ss have designed/built. It sets the bar high. It also shows them that age doesn’t matter. I then share there “awe” with the younger kids, which builds their confidence. #5thchat
A3 - I teach (& we practice) divergent & convergent thinking, brainstorming, problem-solving...
We participate in simulations where students "become" characters terraforming Mars, solving crimes using chemistry & finding solutions to problems along the Oregon Trail.
A3. Having Ss use open-ended questions when seeking information, having circle discussions about different topic and experiments, allowing for Ss to teach other Ss how to do things and share learning. #5thchat
#5thchat why do you think questions drive every conversation. Kids must know their WHY. We must make Learning relevant for them. If kids understand why what they are learning is important- they will remember.
A4: I'm going to borrow a color my Ss used for this thinking structure today-- Purple. Our class is like purple because sometimes sometimes it can lean to red-purple when we are energetic and it can also a bluer shade of purple when we are calm and reflective #5thchat
A5 - This symbol represents our classroom well. Together we are strongest. We work as a team and as a family to ensure we all succeed. Collaboration & Leadership are our core responsibilities. #5thchat
A5 the sign on my door is something I ask my own kids everyday. “What did you make with your hands today?” Not how was your day. I want them making/creating everyday. Create learning don’t just consume it. ✋✋🏻✋🏼✋🏽✋🏾✋🏿 #5thchat
A6- #5thchat- My @GlenwoodES 4thGators are excited when they are allowed to be creative, and step away from the "typical class." When I see this type of excitement from my Ss, it makes me want to increase and grow my own creativity!
- Image 1: Happy kids...
- Image 2: Who work in teams...
- Image 3: To solve problems, make meaning, & find success...
- Image 4: Without feeling like a boring factory cranking out widgets!
Thank you SO much for moderating tonight's #5thchat@aleaglen! It was a FANTASTIC discussion on "Creative Thinking!"
Thanks also to all who joined the chat!
Please join us next TUESDAY (2/20/18) as @teachchoice moderates - TOPIC: "Strategies to Develop Intrinsic Learning."
Thanks to everyone who participated tonight in #5thchat. It was great to see your thinking! Here's one great resource that explains some of the thinking structures I shared tonight https://t.co/3NqXBdcdJ2.