Creativity in Your Toolbox

Would you like to use more creativity in your classroom? Could you use a little inspiration? How about some short videos for professional development? The American Psychological Association (APA) may have just what you’re looking for.

You might start with the Psychology Learning Curve article on “Creative Teaching and Teaching Creativity: How to Foster Creativity in the Classroom.” The distinction between creative teaching (teaching in a creative way) and teaching creativity (helping your students be creative) is an important one. The article has a good collection of concrete suggestions for increasing both. Ready for more?

APA’s Creativity in the Classroom module presents a series of short videos to help you start thinking about why creativity matters, what gets in the way, and how lessons can be modified to support creativity. The videos feature a number of the most active creativity researchers, which means you get good advice, plus you have the chance to see some of the faces behind the papers. The full module is 47 minutes long. You can watch it all at once or use the helpful 12-14 minute segments.

If you are interested in learning more about teaching and learning generally, you might want to explore APA’s Center for Psychology in the Schools and Education. It includes section on Teaching and Learning, STEM, and Gifted and Talented Development. Explore and enjoy! There’s something for everyone here, with solid research bases.

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