Lesson Plan #:AELP-SPS0001
Submitted by: Barbara Stein Ritchie, Fremon School, Riverton, WY
Endorsed by: These lesson plans are the result of the work of the teachers who have attended the Columbia Education Center’s Summer Workshop. CEC is a consortium of teacher from 14 western states dedicated to improving the quality of education in the rural, western, United States, and particularly the quality of math and science Education. CEC uses Big Sky Telegraph as the hub of their telecommunications network that allows the participating teachers to stay in contact with their trainers and peers that they have met at the Workshops. Date: May 1994
Grade Level(s): All
- Science/Process Skills
Overview: Probably the most important aspect of teaching for creative growth is raising students’ creativity consciousness. That is, students must:
The most important aspect of becoming more creative – acquiring a creative consciousness – is also the easiest to teach. Creative attitudes and predispositions will be a natural by-product of virtually any classroom effort to teach for creative thinking, particularly if there is an emphasis on raising awareness and improving student’s understanding of creative thinking.
The purpose of this endeavor is to provide three activities related to the sciences that will provide opportunity for creative growth in students of all age groups. Raw knowledge is important in science. But if a student has no imagination to find the answers, what good will come of it? As Einstein said, Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Resources/Materials Needed: There is almost no end to the resources available when dealing with creativity. Resources mentioned in this article are organized below.
Odyssey of the Mind
P.O. Box 27
Glassboro, NJ 08029
Creativity With Bill Moyers
The Corporation For Entertainment and Learning, Inc.
515 Madison Avenue,
New York, NY 10022 Why Man Creates
Santa Monica, CA 90406
As teachers, it is our responsibility to provide opportunities for our students to develop their creative skills. We should structure our teacher planning so there is a balance of learning for students – a combination of basic knowledge consumption and a time for creative learning. The following activities have been successfully tried in classrooms and can be stepping stones to your own creative curriculum creations.
- Olympics of the Mind
- The Inventors
- NCAR: National Center for Atmospheric Research
- That’s No Tomato – That’s a Work of Art
- Garbage – A New Way of Seeing
The teaching/learning possibilities inherent in the Creativity series are limitless. While this series is of such outstanding content and quality that these programs can be used by themselves, their educational value is enhanced by detailed curriculum guides.
- Building balsa wood structures to specifications to see how much weight can be held
- Designing, building and driving a spring-powered vehicle
Examples of spontaneous problems are:
- Hunters seek game animals – Name other kinds of hunters and what it is that they hunt
- Name as many kinds of brushes as you can
- Move an egg with the implements given through a series of obstacles
Tying it all Together:
Students need an environment and life experiences that facilitate creativity. We, as educators, need to promote an atmosphere that will allow our students the freedom to be creative. Perhaps the next Galileo, DiVinci, or Einstein is in your classroom. Provide time for discovery and hands-on activities; for provocative questioning; for aesthetic experiences; for daydreaming and fantasizing; for quiet reflection and time to play. And, of course, encourage an atmosphere that instills self-expression, laughter and humor. You have been given many ideas and resources that will allow you to introduce creativity awareness in your classroom. Choose what will work for you in your situation. Remember also that you should serve as a creative model for your students. Learn to be creative yourself. Always read, write, think, imagine, do, feel, and just be yourself.