Presenter: Bob Iseminger, Pieces of Learning
T-TESS Domain: Planning 1.1, Planning 1.4, Instruction 2.1, Instruction 2.2, Instruction 2.4
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

It’s one thing to say “Be creative!” But what if our students do not have the basic skills necessary to use creative thinking to solve problems and generate ideas? The good news is, it is possible to actually teach students how to think creatively — not just to set a creative environment in the classroom, but to actually teach students the mental skills of creativity! In “Infusing Creativity and Creative Thinking Skills in the Classroom – Flexibility and Elaboration”, Bob Iseminger shares four basic creative thinking skills that can be taught to students, focusing on two of the skills: flexibility and elaboration. These activities can be incorporated across subject areas and grade levels. Get ready to see students’ creative thinking grow!

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Creative thinking skills are hampered by so many aspects of our modern society, including less creative playtime for young children and too much screen time for all of our students. Yet creative thinking is one of the top skills needed for jobs in the 21st century! The good news is that creative thinking skills can be taught if we understand the basics of creative thought. 
In “Infusing Creativity and Creative Thinking Skills in the Classroom – Flexibility and Elaboration”, Bob Iseminger equips teachers with a host of activities that teach students two of the four basic creative thinking skills: flexibility and elaboration. Not only will teachers be able to teach creative skills, they will be inspired to think creatively about how these skills can be incorporated into many lesson plans.

In this 1-hour course, teachers will learn:

  • The four basic creative thinking skills
  • Strategies for building flexibility and elaboration
  • Classroom activities that can be used across grade levels and subject areas

Presenter Bio

Bob Iseminger has over 25 years of experience in public education as a classroom teacher, math resource teacher, and coordinator of a gifted education magnet center. He has worked in both urban and suburban settings at the elementary and middle school levels, and in a consulting capacity with high school students. Mr. Iseminger currently serves as a staff development consultant for school districts nationwide in addition to presenting at state gifted conferences. He is the co-author of several books including “Cultivating Classroom Conversations” and “Choice and Challenge: Engaging Anchor Activities for the Differentiated Classroom”. 

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1 review for Infusing Creativity and Creative Thinking Skills in the Classroom – Flexibility and Elaboration

  1. Barbara – BELTON ISD (verified owner)

    Very well presented with lots of helpful information to use with the GT student

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