Planning for the Unexpected – Opening the Door for Creativity in the Classroom


Presenters: Amy Willerson & Tara Nyikos, University of North Texas
Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Glue! Paint! Glitter! And tiny scraps of paper everywhere! If those images give you anxiety, this 1-hour course will provide a framework for creativity in the classroom that will put your mind at ease. Not all creative learning activities have to be about arts and crafts. Discover how to activate and support your students’ creativity, and learn how to grade the process, not the end result.

Visit the TAGT website to learn more about the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented.

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Creativity is not always about artistic endeavor. In “Planning for the Unexpected: Opening the Door for Creativity in the Classroom,” Tara Nyikos, M. Ed. and Amy Willerson present a framework for creating a classroom that fosters the opportunity for the unexpected to happen. When students experience the unexpected, their creativity is engaged. While the framework is simple and familiar, it will open your mind to the possibilities for more creativity in your classroom.

In this 1-hour course, you will learn strategies for:

  • Sensitizing for Creativity
  • Enabling Students to be Creative
  • Teaching Techniques and Instruments
  • Allowing and Planning Time for Reflection and Repetition

Visit the TAGT website to learn more about the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented.

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74 reviews for Planning for the Unexpected – Opening the Door for Creativity in the Classroom

  1. Kelly – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    I liked the suitcase idea.

  2. Rosa – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Great Course

  3. Carl – EULA ISD (verified owner)

    Great presentation on problem solving and encouraging creativity. I am hoping to apply many of these strategies while teaching band.

  4. Christen – CRESTVIEW LOCAL – VAN WERT COUNTY (verified owner)

    Posed some interesting ideas for adding creativity and personal creative thinking into classrooms.

  5. Olivia – NORWALK CITY (verified owner)

    I like the interactive parts of the lesson…putting me in the student’s shoes.

  6. vidalina – ALVARADO ISD (verified owner)


  7. Paula – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    I liked the ideas for creativity in math class.

  8. Elizabeth – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Very helpful!

  9. Janie – ROSCOE ISD (verified owner)

    very informative

  10. Francisca – VALLEY VIEW ISD PHARR – REGION 01 (verified owner)


  11. Lynn – FLOUR BLUFF ISD (verified owner)

    The presenters were a bit scattered.

  12. Gina – HALLSVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    Poor delivery.

  13. Veronica – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Good ideas

  14. Carmen – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Learning can be fun and creative for students and teachers too!

  15. Aida – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative!!

  16. Jimmy – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    It was okay. Some good ideas that I will try to implement in my classes.

  17. Carolina – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    An exciting way to learn something new.

  18. John – SYMMES VALLEY LOCAL (verified owner)

    This course was very informative.

  19. Kimberly – East Muskingum Local Schools (verified owner)

    It was a good course to talk about creativity

  20. Bennie – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    This was a fun interactive session. I really enjoyed it!

  21. Sandra – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Very interesting

  22. Sean – SPRING ISD (verified owner)

    I really like the examples of how you can have your students develop higher level thinking skills

  23. Ana – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Great information

  24. Denise – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It was very informative about creativity.

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