Do you want to encourage creativity in the classroom? Do you want to learn how to leverage your own creative strengths to be a more effective teacher?
We have workshops ranging from 3-hours to three days. This program will meet the needs of educators today by igniting and nurturing creativity in themselves, and by providing tools and strategies for them to teach with creativity as a method and as a learning objective. The program leverages more than 40 years of practice and rigorous research from the International Center for Studies in Creativity. The research shows that creativity can be taught and deliberately engaged to help individuals create alternatives, solve complex problems and maximize opportunities. There is no other program like this in the world.
Our Lab Goal:
Educators will be able to…
- Apply creative problem-solving principles
- Know what creativity looks like in the classroom and in students
- Know how to model creative behavior and establish a creative learning environment
- Understand the difference between teaching creatively and teaching for creativity
- Apply the principles of the Torrance Incubation Model (T.I.M.) in designing lesson plans
- Engage in reflective teaching practice for self-improvement and improved student outcomes
- Work collaboratively to design lesson plans and achieve creative goals
- Apply new knowledge and skills within the existing system
All who attend the program will receive a Certificate of Attendance from International Center for Studies in Creativity.
Pamela Szalay, M.S. Creative Studies; Co-founder and Program Director of Beyonder, LLC.
Jenna Smith, M.S. Creative Studies; Co-founder and Curriculum Director of Beyonder, LLC.
Level 1: Igniting creativity.
Two-day workshop focusing on defining and identifying creative behaviors. Learning objectives: Participants will know what creativity is, understand the implications of foundational research, and be able recognize creativity in students in the classroom.
Level 2: Nurturing creativity.
One-day workshop focusing on personal displays of creativity.
Learning objectives: Participants will be able to display creativity, and value and encourage creative behavior.
Level 3: Tools for the Creative Classroom.
Three-day workshop focusing on leadership and application in the classroom; introduction to the Torrance Incubation Model for Creative Teaching and Learning (TIM).
Learning objectives: Participants will be able to teach creatively, ie. establish a creative environment, and design and apply creative methods of delivery.
Level 3: Field Work.
Overall, field work is an important part of the course of study that allows the educator’s learning to be internalized through incubation, application and reflection.
Learning objectives: Teachers will be able to teach creatively and respond to student needs in actual classroom situations. Assessment and readiness for level 4 will be based on the teacher’s portfolio which includes lesson plans, analysis of outcomes, and personal reflections. Teachers may engage in field work in their own classroom.
Level 4: Integrating Creativity into the Curriculum, or Teaching for Creativity.
Three-day workshop focuses on designing curricula with creativity as a student learning objective, with a focus on using the Torrance Incubation Model for Creative Teaching and Learning (TIM). Learning objectives: Teachers will be able to apply the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) process and tools in an educational setting; design lessons using TIM for specific content areas that nurture student’s creative thinking skills; practice delivery and reflect on outcomes.