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Igniting Creativity in Gifted Learners, K-6
Strategies for Every Teacher


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© 2009 | 344 pages | Corwin

"Contains priceless examples of teachers sharing their particular expertise on how to bring creativity and excitement back to our classrooms. Best of all, the strategies are integrated with required standards."
—Susan Winebrenner, Author and Staff Development Specialist
Education Consulting Service, Inc.

"There are many books that establish the importance of providing creative, stimulating learning experiences, but here is a book that provides strategies for exactly how that can be done."
—Barbara Clark, Professor Emeritus
California State University, Los Angeles

Provide exciting, enriching learning experiences for gifted students through proven strategies from master teachers!

How can I motivate my gifted students using the resources I already have? How can I stimulate their imaginations to further their learning? This book is packed with practical activities that allow students to bring their insights, observations, imaginations, and experiences to the classroom.

Igniting Creativity in Gifted Learners, K–6 helps elementary school teachers use creative methods to enhance gifted students' learning and stimulate higher-level thinking, discovery, and invention. Linked to curriculum standards, these ready-to-use strategies, activities, and examples help teachers:

  • Inspire students in reading, writing, social studies, mathematics, science, and the arts
  • Tie creative processes to learning outcomes
  • Incorporate technology into instruction where appropriate
  • Encourage students to explore new avenues for thinking and learning

Use these contributions from experienced educators to make creativity a vital ingredient in classroom instruction and the learning process!

 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
About the Contributors
 
Introduction
 
1. Creativity: A Gift for the Gifted
 
2. Making Creativity Work: Practical Suggestions by Classroom Teachers
 
3. Literacy Strategies: Reading and Writing
 
4. Social Studies Strategies
 
5. Science Strategies
 
6. Mathematics Strategies
 
7. Strategies in the Arts
 
8. Discovering Your Own Creativity
 
Index

"Contains priceless examples of teachers sharing their particular expertise on how to bring creativity and excitement back to our classrooms. Best of all, the strategies are integrated with required standards."

Susan Winebrenner, Author and Staff Development Specialist
Education Consulting Service, Inc.

"This book has a tremendous number of exciting ideas for developing and enhancing the creativity of gifted learners in kindergarten through sixth grade. Teachers from across the country have contributed to this outstanding volume. A must for every dedicated teacher."

Frances A. Karnes, Professor of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
University of Southern Mississippi

"Filled with practical strategies to ignite creativity in classrooms. Teachers will discover multiple ways to foster their students’ creativity. The strategies are applicable in all content areas, so this is a valuable resource for all teachers."

Julia Roberts, Mahurin Professor of Gifted Studies, Western Kentucky University
Executive Director, The Center for Gifted Studies

"There are many books that establish the importance of providing creative, stimulating learning experiences, but here is a book that provides strategies for exactly how that can be done. Smutny has brought together a group of creative and exciting teachers who present in clear, usable ways the ideas and strategies that could and should be used in every classroom."

Barbara Clark, Professor Emeritus
California State University, Los Angeles

"The most exciting and significant book about creative teaching to come out in gifted education in the last 25 years."

Jerry Flack, Professor Emeritus of Education and President's Teaching Scholar
University of Colorado
Key features
  • Each chapter is written by a master K-3 teacher followed by a 4-6 grade teacher that have both used creativity strategies successfully to enhance the learning of students who are gifted
  • The guide includes specific subject chapters on reading, writing, social studies, mathematics, science, and the arts, with technology integrated throughout
  • The goals of this resource are to help general education teachers answer the following questions:
    • How can I best inspire/motivate gifted students?
    • What creative teaching strategies work best in specific subject areas?
    • What sequence of activities is most effective?
    • What materials can be used as catalysts and resources?
    • How do I tie creative processes to specific learning outcomes?
    • How do I determine the effectiveness of instruction for gifted learners?

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1: Creativity: A Gift for the Gifted


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