06/08/2015 Update: Alice and I were asked to share this session again tomorrow at the Martin Institute 2015 Summer Conference.
Today and tomorrow Alice M. Parker and I are learning and sharing at the 2014 Martin Institute Conference. Alice and I are facilitating a session entitled “What Were You Thinking!?” Our goal is to help teachers learn and grow in their ability to develop students into the critical and creative thinkers they will need to be to thrive as citizens in the rapidly changing, information-rich world in which we now live.
Session Description: Blank stares. Ask your average middle school students what they are thinking, and all you’ll receive are blank stares. As teachers our primary goal must be to move beyond simply teaching content to helping our students develop the critical and creative thinking skills they will need to thrive in the modern world. This session will explore the value of critical and creative thinking and examine how to develop student thinkers by using visible thinking routines and creative thinking techniques across the curriculum and in all disciplines.
- Examining the importance of critical and creative thinking in today’s information-rich world
- Insight into what critical and creative thinking looks like in a classroom
- Familiarity with visible thinking routines and creative thinking techniques
- Awareness of the 4 aspects of creativity and how to scaffold them into instruction
- Reflection on current practice and transformation of classrooms into places that promote students’ creativity and critical thinking
- Chalk Talk Protocol from National School Reform Faculty (PDF)
- Question Starts Routine from Harvard’s Project Zero
- Circle of Viewpoints Routine from Harvard’s Project Zero
- Tug of War Routine from Harvard’s Project Zero
- Claim/Support/Question from Harvard’s Project Zero
- Options Explosion from Harvard’s Project Zero
- SCAMPER Creativity Technique from Mind Tools
- 30 Circle Challenge from the Center for 21st Century Skills
- Compass Points Routine from Harvard’s Project Zero
The following are some resources for further exploration and learning:
Brookhart, S. (2013). Assessing Creativity. Educational Leadership, 70(5), 28-34. Retrieved June 8, 2014, from http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/feb13/vol70/num05/Assessing-Creativity.aspx
Ciotti, G. (2013, June 22). Creative Thinking: How to Be More Creative (with Science!). Sparring Mind. Retrieved June 8, 2014, from http://www.sparringmind.com/creative-thinking/
Ritchhart, R., Church, M., & Morrison, K. (20112011). Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Tishman, S., Perkins, D. N., & Jay, E. (1995). The thinking classroom: learning and teaching in a culture of thinking. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.