15 Resources on Sparking Student Creativity


Albert Einstein once said, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” Here is a curated list of resources just released on ASCD myTeachSource that offer different ways to promote student creativity using practical applications and classroom assessments.

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Preparing Creative and Critical Thinkers from Educational Leadership

Teachers can help students become 21st century problem solvers by introducing them to a broad range of thinking tools.

Intentional Creativity (Chapter 1) from Fostering Student Creativity from Potential to Performance by Patti Drapeau

Reach more students, especially those who are disengaged in school, and develop their thinking skills by encouraging creativity in your everyday language, teaching practice, and lesson planning. Creativity expert Patti B. Drapeau outfits you with new ideas, strategies, and a creativity road map to help you increase innovation in your classroom.

Assessing Creativity from Educational Leadership by Sue Brookhart

We can assess creativity—and, in the process, help students become more creative.

Cultivating Curiosity in Your Classroom (ASCD Webinar) with Wendy L. Ostroff

This webinar will detail ways to foster student curiosity through novelty and play, questioning and critical thinking, and experimenting and problem solving. By suggesting techniques to try, scaffolding advice, and providing relevant neuroscience and psychology research, Ostroff will help you harness the powerful drive in all learners—the drive to know, understand, and experience the world in a meaningful way.

Engage Your Students with Real-World Projects (ASCD Webinar) with Suzie Boss

The longer students stay in the school, the less engaged they are in the learning process. Among students who describe school as boring, a key complaint is a lack of relevance. Help engage your students by offering real-world projects.

Creativity Isn’t a Free-for-All

When it comes to implementing creativity, taking that next step can be challenging. Find links addressing the different challenges of implementing creativity while adhering to standardization.

Why Creativity Now? A Conversation with Sir Ken Robinson (Audio)

Here, creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for creativity as the crucial 21st century skill we’ll need to solve today’s pressing problems.

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Connecting Creativity to Understanding from Educational Leadership

From learning how to explore to learning from mistakes, studio habits can apply to academics.

Practical Creativity: Making It Work in the Classroom (Chapter 2) from Sparking Student Creativity by Patti Drapeau

Creativity expert Patti B. Drapeau outfits you with new ideas and strategies to increase innovation in your classroom. Learn more about how to make creativity work in the classroom in this chapter which discusses the teacher’s role, appropriate environments, targeting the four main creative skills, and how to assess creativity.

Teaching Tips from How to Develop Student Creativity by Robert J. Sternberg and Wendy M. Williams (ASCD Book)

Robert J. Sternberg and Wendy M. Williams share 25 easy-to-implement strategies for developing creativity in yourself, your students, and your colleagues. The strategies include explanations entwined with personal experiences from the authors’ own classrooms and research.

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Sparking Student Creativity: Practical Ways to Promote Innovative Thinking and Problem Solving by Patti B. Drapeau

Creativity expert Patti B. Drapeau explains why creativity in the classroom can make a difference when it is intentionally orchestrated using specific language and students are engaged in the right tasks. Dozens of “grab and go” ideas you can use right away make this a practical guide for teachers in every grade level and subject area.

Cultivating Curiosity in K–12 Classrooms: How to Promote and Sustain Deep Learning by Wendy L. Ostroff

Author and award-winning educator Wendy L. Ostroff describes how to foster student curiosity through exploration, novelty, and play; questioning and critical thinking; and experimenting and problem solving. This book includes techniques to try, scaffolding advice, and relevant neuroscience and psychology research.

How to Assess Higher-Order Thinking Skills in Your Classroom by Susan M. Brookhart

Don’t settle for only assessing recall and comprehension when you can use this guide to create assessments for higher-order thinking skills. Assessment expert Susan M. Brookhart brings you up to speed on how to develop and use test questions and other assessments that reveal how well your students can analyze, reason, solve problems, and think creatively.

Educational Leadership Issue: “Creativity Now!” (Feb 2013)

This issue covers the fundamentals of creativity, arts-integrated curriculums, how to assess creativity, innovative technology and literacy standards, and more ways to inspire your students to harness their own ingenuity.

Sparking Student Creativity: Practical Applications and Strategies (PD Online Course)

Using readings and ideas from Patti Drapeau’s book Sparking Student Creativity: Practical Ways to Promote Innovative Thinking and Problem Solving and journal articles and videos, this course focuses on how to integrate creativity into content to meet and extend curriculum standards. You’ll learn how to use a creativity road map to plan instruction, how to use strategies to enhance creative tasks, and how to assess creativity in lessons.