Creativity will abound in your classroom as you tap your students’ hidden talents. Learn how to use creativity to teach reading, writing, visual arts, performing arts, social studies, science, mathematics, and physical and health education. Develop creative new approaches to field trips, learning labs, activities, exercises, assignments, and evaluation methods. Think beyond the textbook and challenge your students by making your classroom a creative classroom!
In this first lesson, you will analyze the traits that creative teachers share and explore how you can apply these traits to your classroom. You will use brainstorming to transform everyday classroom routines into creative learning opportunities. Then you will discover how to find your students’ creative talents and recognize their hidden talents. You will learn to be a creativity encourager and prepare yourself to help all students become creative thinkers and learners. You will examine how thinking relates to creativity, how to teach students about how they learn, and how to use questioning to initiate the creative process.
In this lesson, you will explore whether your classroom is nurturing or neglecting creativity. You will discover some tools to make your classroom a creative classroom. You will also explore how to created classroom rules and objectives that encourage creativity, as well as creative testing and grading. Then you will go over everything you need to know to set up creative learning labs in your classroom. You will learn how to design creative learning labs for different learning styles, create themed-based learning labs, and find grants and other resources to help you turn your ideas into realities.
In this lesson, you will examine many creative techniques you can use to transform reading reluctance into enthusiasm. You will explore ways to liven up everyday reading assignments and make books come to life through creative reading. Then you will discover creative ways to eliminate your students’ writer’s block and encourage them to write creatively. You will explore free writing, dramatizing, imaginative writing and writing circles.
This lesson will demonstrate how the process of creating produces creative art. You will explore creative ways to introduce drawing and painting. You will be taking art into writing, math, and history lessons, too. Then you will learn how to put students on stage. You will explore how to creatively teach music and drama through self-expression and how to provoke student interest in the performing arts across the curriculum. You will also learn creative methods you can use to teach students to determine characters’ emotions, create costumes, and create sets.
In this lesson, you will discover how to turn your creative students into creative scientists. You will explore the scientific method and how to use it in all your classes. You will take science out of the classroom and explore some creative labs and field trips. Then you will learn creative ways to teach students to analyze, interpret, and be active participants in the subjects they are studying. You will begin by relating social studies to your students’ lives by using the social studies connections in your classroom: chain of command, rules, and collaborative learning.
In this final lesson, you will look at ways to make math challenges fun through problem solving. You will learn to make math engaging, creative, and fun by organizing math field days, and look at ways you can help your students relate their everyday lives to math through math learning labs, field trips and much more. Then you will learn how to get students moving by helping them use their imaginations. You will explore creative movement, creative teams, creative cooperative games, and creative assessment. You will also learn how to use conflict-solving techniques to teach your students to think of creative solutions for their problems.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device. A few Windows-specific examples are included. Mac students are welcome, but may not be able to duplicate all examples.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
When can I get started?
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
How does it work?
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
How long do I have to complete each lesson?
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
What if I need an extension?
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.