Creativity x 4 (6-Hour)


Presenter: Carolyn Coil, Pieces of Learning
Core Area: Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 6

Two recent studies have shown that creativity in students has been on the decline since 1990, yet creativity has been identified as one of the four most important learning and innovation skills for the 21st century. Reverse this trend in your classroom with activities that encourage creative problem solving.

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In this course, Carolyn Coil explains why students are less creative than earlier generations and why this trend must be reversed for 21st century learners. Using Ms. Coil’s unique lesson plan formats, you will be able to develop creative thinking in your students as well as assess student creativity through open-ended assessment tools.

In this 6-hour course, you will learn:

  • The critical case for teaching creativity in the 21st century
  • How creativity and giftedness are related
  • Criteria and methods for assessing creative projects and presentations
  • Four standards-based lesson plan formats to use in developing creativity and higher-level thinking
This course is aligned with 2016 ODE Teacher Competencies a, b, c, f, g and NAGC Teacher Preparation Standards 3.1, 5.1, 5.2.

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339 reviews for Creativity x 4 (6-Hour)

  1. Pamela – BRAZOS ISD (verified owner)

    It was very helpful.

  2. Andrea – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It was very informative

  3. Megan – MIDLOTHIAN ISD (verified owner)

    informative and easy to navigate

  4. Anne – River View Local Schools (verified owner)

    A very helpful, hand-on PD.

  5. Anabel – LA FERIA ISD (verified owner)

    Inisightful way of thinking and encouraging higher order thinking and questions.

  6. Barbara – VICTORIA ISD (verified owner)


  7. Julie – VICTORIA ISD (verified owner)

    The activities are useful in offering creative ways to keep students engaged while going through coursework.

  8. Allison – VICTORIA ISD (verified owner)

    It gave detailed and abstract ways to increase engagement and creativity in the classroom. It also gave pointers on how to implement the different activities in your classroom and content.

  9. Tracy – VICTORIA ISD (verified owner)

    There are lots of great ideas that can be fairly easily incorporated into the classroom.

  10. Stephanie – VICTORIA ISD (verified owner)

    I enjoyed it. I might have to be creative to use it in my subject, but it opened my eyes to new ideas.

  11. Maria – VICTORIA ISD (verified owner)

    The course was very informative and I especially liked the Six Thinking Hats. I like the way the hats represent certain things and that I do not have to use all 6 hats.

  12. Nicole – MANOR ISD (verified owner)

    There were some good things, but this course is SO outdated and needs to be redone. It’s 2023!

  13. Wendy – NEDERLAND ISD (verified owner)

    Very good ideas and exposure to new techniques for projects.

  14. Kevin – SOUTHWEST ISD (verified owner)

    It was informational.

  15. John – VICTORIA ISD (verified owner)

    It was a good coarse.

  16. Jamie – SOUTHWEST ISD (verified owner)

    This was a very interesting course. I enjoyed it.

  17. Jennifer – VICTORIA ISD (verified owner)

    The interaction was good however, putting a time on some of the lessons stressed me out. I felt panic and rushed.

  18. Margarita – Private Pay (verified owner)

    I like it!

  19. Marlene – Private Pay (verified owner)

    This is from 2014 and I feel like there is a lot more updated technology that should be incorporated into these activities. I did not care for the changing hats activity and felt like this class could have been shortened with the information that was provided. I work at a Title I school and putting on a hat that another student wore would not be a great idea. However, I did like the last two activities.

  20. Benjamin – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    This course was a bit tedious, but I think I’ll find the new techniques beneficial in my classroom.

  21. Luis – VICTORIA ISD (verified owner)

    Awesome information!

  22. James – BOERNE ISD (verified owner)

    While the strategies for engaging students in creative, multidisciplinary activities were interesting, I wish some more examples might have been given appropriate for high school upperclassmen. It seemed to me that most of the examples were more appropriate to elementary or middle school students.

  23. Sandra – VICTORIA ISD (verified owner)

    Techniques could be helpful depending on the make up of the class.

  24. Cadi – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    It was very interesting. I loved the activities to promote creativity.

  25. Michelle – SCHERTZ-CIBOLO-U CITY ISD (verified owner)

    I enjoyed the activities

  26. Allen – VICTORIA ISD (verified owner)

    Good examples to illustrate the concepts

  27. Leslee – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    I appreciated the practical and transferrable nature of the course. The four strategies could be applied across subjects in my classroom. I appreciated the embedded patterns and the structures that would support learners in stretching their thinking and developing their creativity.

  28. Diane – VICTORIA ISD (verified owner)

    I found some useful strategies to use in my classroom especially SCAMPER

  29. Brianna – VICTORIA ISD (verified owner)

    This course is incredibly informative and helpful, though the delivery leaves something to be desired. The teacher is intelligent, but dry, and I found my attention drifting throughout.

  30. James – CORPUS CHRISTI ISD (verified owner)

    Excellent course that gave me some great ideas that go along with project based assignments. Many PD’s lack this.

  31. Brenda – VICTORIA ISD (verified owner)

    I thought it was informative. I like that the fact that the activities are not that long and drawn out, and I can tailor them to my students needs.

  32. Brenda – VICTORIA ISD (verified owner)

    I enjoyed this course! I learned some things that I feel like I can use right away in my classroom!

  33. Dee – CORPUS CHRISTI ISD (verified owner)

    Great course very informative.

  34. Jodi – MIAMI EAST LOCAL (verified owner)

    love this

  35. Megan – SOUTH TEXAS ISD (verified owner)

    It was very good! I love these easy to use activities in the classroom!

  36. Marlinda – DONNA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    It was very intresting.

  37. Lisa – SAN BENITO CISD (verified owner)


  38. Adrianna – ALVARADO ISD (verified owner)

    It really taught me how to ensure creative learning in the classroom in a variety of ways.

  39. Cassie – VICTORIA ISD (verified owner)

    I enjoyed it being self-paced.

  40. Alana – VICTORIA ISD (verified owner)

    This course taught me a new way to approach being creative in the classroom. I was able to discover new questions that would help in getting my students to think in a variety of ways, while also keeping them engaged.

  41. Sandra – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Interesting presentation

  42. Gloriana – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Very interesting

  43. Esmeralda – ALVARADO ISD (verified owner)

    This course provide excellent ideas to create higher thinking levels.


    The best part of this training was the handout and the application piece, where participants are able to “try out” the strategy. Honestly, I feel it is harder to implement in math, but for social sciences and ELA it is a great tool!

  45. Sheila – KILLEEN ISD (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed this course. I only took it because it seemed the most interesting, but I really enjoyed it. I learned many new ways to do what I’m already doing in a fresher way.

  46. Katina – CLEAR CREEK ISD (verified owner)


  47. Michael – VICTORIA ISD (verified owner)

    Useful strategies to try out in the classroom!

  48. Jesse – VICTORIA ISD (verified owner)

    very informative with excellent explanations

  49. Frank – SHARYLAND ISD (verified owner)

    Very insightful.

  50. Esmeralda – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    The scamper activity is a good source to help students develop their ideas.

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