I’ve been doing a lot of reading and research lately on creativity and critical thinking. If you’re an educator, you’ve probably spent (or are spending) a lot of time and resources learning the “shifts” toward the Common Core standards, deeper learning, and applied learning strategies. In the sea of great resources, one stands out that, to me, begins to go deeper into how to teach creativity and critical thinking. Written by Tony Wagner, Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard, Creating Innovators gives real-life models of what an innovator is and dares to challenge those of us in education to think differently about how we teach creative and critical-thinking skills.
Tonight’s chat is based around some of the questions that the book raises:
1. What motivates the digital generation?
2. What skills are you teaching students that build critical thinking and creativity?
3. How are you assessing students skills? Do students have time in class to work on application?
4. If you could “re-imagine” your school, what would it look like?Transcript for the chat posted here.