When I was young, I had a favorite art teacher. She seemed to have a creative touch on everything. She could take some paper, a toilet paper roll, and some sequins and produce an amazing and creative piece of art.
Some people are born naturally creative. They have vivid imaginations and passion. Some people just don’t have to work very hard to come up with a creative spin on any idea.
Hope for the Uncreative
Then there are the rest of us, the naturally uncreative. We want order and organization. We don’t like messy and unruly projects. We all know that teaching students creativity is important. Is there any hope for those who don’t feel that they are naturally creative?
Tara Nyikos and Amy Willerson think there is. These education experts say that creativity is achievable by everyone. You don’t have to be an incredible art teacher in order to bring creativity into the classroom. The key is to plan for the unexpected.
Ms. Nyikos and Ms. Willerson say that the biggest worry educators have about trying to be creative in their class is that it will turn into a wild, glitter-filled, and chaotic day. It doesn’t have to be that way, though.
In this 1-hour course, they share their best ideas for incorporating creativity into the classroom without chaos. Whether you are naturally overflowing with creativity or feel like there isn’t a creative bone in your body, you will find helpful and practical tips that you can use in your classroom.
For example, one subject that educators struggle with adding creativity to is science. One way you can encourage creativity is to have students create collages or journals about the topic you are studying. This reinforces what they are learning while giving them an opportunity to think creatively about the subject.
What will educators gain from this course?
In this course, Ms. Nyikos and Ms. Willerson share how to cultivate the creative process in the classroom.
Educators will learn:
- The four-step process for creativity
- The framework for creativity
- Practical classroom strategies
Which T-TESS Dimensions does this course apply to?
- 1.1 (Standards and alignment)
- 1.4 (Activities)
- 2.1 (Achieving Expectations)
- 2.2 (Content Knowledge and Expertise)
- 2.4 (Differentiations)
Ready to learn more?
Ms. Nyikos is currently a graduate student in the Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education, at the University of North Texas, specializing in gifted education. Her research interests include social and emotional issues and twice exceptionality in gifted children, adolescents, and adults.
Ms. Willerson is currently a graduate student in the College of Education at the University of North Texas. Her research interests include artistic cognitive processes, arts integration, and arts-based strategies in pedagogy. As a theater arts educator, Amy designs curricula and works with artists, educators, students, and administrators implementing arts integration and arts curricula in public, private, and non-profit schools and organizations.
T-TESS Cube is a library of professional courses led by experts in education. The courses are aligned to the T-TESS Rubric. They are a great way to develop teachers and administrators.