I am a licensed teacher staying home with my children. I am taking classes for licensure renewal. I am currently homeschooling my third grader and first grader. This class was perfect. I have applied many of the ideas in our school day."
I am an Art major and think myself to be fairly creative. I was impressed with your very practical uses of creativity for the core subjects. Your ideas will help me, since I also have to teach these subjects. Thank you for the over-all coverage of elementary curriculum."
I found this course to be interesting and useful. There were lots of great ideas presented that will be easy to incorporate into any classroom. All of the resources included in the supplementary material will be a great help."
I thoroughly enjoyed the class and took from it some good ideas that I have already incorporated into my classroom! Thank you!"
Thanks so much for a great course. I learned so much and am looking forward to applying all this new material in my classroom someday; hopefully soon!"
Thank you for putting this course together. I found many many ideas to implement into my classroom. It also just makes your mind think differently and notice new ideas as they come up in the year."
This is a really interesting and stimulating class with a great and helpful instructor!"
This is my 36th year of teaching and I have taken lots of continuing education classes. I was very impressed with the content and presentation of the material in this course. I am certified in math and art and consider myself to be a creative teacher, but I found some very interesting and useful ideas to add to my preparation. I particularly liked the math field day concept and believe that my school would be very supportive of the idea."
This course was wonderful! I haven't taken a class in years, so I was a little nervous with the workload with having three kids, plus working. This course was so organized, informative, and useful. I can take every lesson and incorporate it into my own teaching. There wasn't one thing I read where I second guessed its usefulness. I love courses where you get re-energized and re-inspired and you are excited to take what you learned and apply it to your own students. This course did that for me. The length of each chapter was perfect. The reading material was easy to follow and the quizzes were easy as well (I like that if you missed a question you could go back to retake it!!). I was really impressed with how quickly comments were replied to by the instructor and how encouraging and positive they were!!! The comments made me feel important, just like we should be doing for our own students!! Thanks again for a great 6 weeks!!!"
Course Code: tcc
In this first lesson, you will analyze the traits that creative teachers share and explore how you can apply these traits to your classroom. You will use brainstorming to transform everyday classroom routines into creative learning opportunities. Then you will discover how to find your students’ creative talents and recognize their hidden talents. You will learn to be a creativity encourager and prepare yourself to help all students become creative thinkers and learners. You will examine how thinking relates to creativity, how to teach students about how they learn, and how to use questioning to initiate the creative process.
In this lesson, you will explore whether your classroom is nurturing or neglecting creativity. You will discover some tools to make your classroom a creative classroom. You will also explore how to created classroom rules and objectives that encourage creativity, as well as creative testing and grading. Then you will go over everything you need to know to set up creative learning labs in your classroom. You will learn how to design creative learning labs for different learning styles, create themed-based learning labs, and find grants and other resources to help you turn your ideas into realities.
In this lesson, you will examine many creative techniques you can use to transform reading reluctance into enthusiasm. You will explore ways to liven up everyday reading assignments and make books come to life through creative reading. Then you will discover creative ways to eliminate your students’ writer’s block and encourage them to write creatively. You will explore free writing, dramatizing, imaginative writing and writing circles.
This lesson will demonstrate how the process of creating produces creative art. You will explore creative ways to introduce drawing and painting. You will be taking art into writing, math, and history lessons, too. Then you will learn how to put students on stage. You will explore how to creatively teach music and drama through self-expression and how to provoke student interest in the performing arts across the curriculum. You will also learn creative methods you can use to teach students to determine characters’ emotions, create costumes, and create sets.
In this lesson, you will discover how to turn your creative students into creative scientists. You will explore the scientific method and how to use it in all your classes. You will take science out of the classroom and explore some creative labs and field trips. Then you will learn creative ways to teach students to analyze, interpret, and be active participants in the subjects they are studying. You will begin by relating social studies to your students’ lives by using the social studies connections in your classroom: chain of command, rules, and collaborative learning.
In this final lesson, you will look at ways to make math challenges fun through problem solving. You will learn to make math engaging, creative, and fun by organizing math field days, and look at ways you can help your students relate their everyday lives to math through math learning labs, field trips and much more. Then you will learn how to get students moving by helping them use their imaginations. You will explore creative movement, creative teams, creative cooperative games, and creative assessment. You will also learn how to use conflict-solving techniques to teach your students to think of creative solutions for their problems.
Robin Sellers is a certified teacher with a Master of Arts degree with a concentration in Technical and Professional Communication. She has over 11 years of experience in the traditional classroom and has been an online instructor since 2000, training thousands of students. She has the ability to take difficult or technical concepts and make them easy for her students to understand. Her students claim that she has a gift for communicating online in a clear, concise, and personal way and that she is a "born" teacher who makes her courses interesting and enjoyable.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.