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.

Presenter Bio

Amy Willerson is currently a graduate student in the College of Education at the University of North Texas. Her research interests include artistic cognitive processes, arts integration, and arts based strategies in pedagogy. As a theatre arts educator, Amy designs curriculum and works with artists, educators, students, and administrators implementing arts-integration and arts curriculum in public, private, and non-profit schools and organizations. 

Tara Nyikos, M.Ed., is currently a graduate student in the Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education, at the University of North Texas specializing in gifted education. Her research interests include social and emotional issues and twice exceptionality in gifted children, adolescents and adults.  

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

  1. Vanessa – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    I enjoyed the activities

  2. Ashley – EAST CHAMBERS ISD (verified owner)

    Excellent examples of how to integrate creativity into lessons

  3. Debbie – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)


  4. Orlando – ALICE ISD (verified owner)

    This course helped identify methods of creativity-

  5. Frances – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    The ideas and strategies to implement and encourage creativity were useful.

  6. Susan – WESTERVILLE CITY (verified owner)

    Good ideas but bad presentation. Very dry and hard to listen to

  7. Heidi – NEDERLAND ISD (verified owner)


  8. Stephanie – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    Good ideas! I really like the Problem Solving Board

  9. Kristen – MANSFIELD ISD (verified owner)

    I think that this course was great and very informative!

  10. Kari – WESTERVILLE CITY (verified owner)

    This was very helpful. It will influence all subject areas.

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