In today’s classrooms, educators inspire future technological and social innovators, artists, and policymakers. How can their creativity be fueled so they reach their full creative potential? Read how to uncover students’ creative potential in this article from NAESP’s Principal Magazine.
Portraits can help show who we are, and how we feel. Have students create a self-portrait and include words in the image. Students can share their portrait with others and ask them to describe what they see and what they would like to know about the art and the artist using this Thinking Sheet.
Encourage students to reflect on what others don’t see or know about them. Have them sketch and write about their vision for their future, then map out pathways that could help them reach those goals. Looking at goals with a long-term view and forming a plan helps students develop self-awareness and responsible decision making skills. Try it out using this Thinking Sheet!
Students are exposed to news stories daily, and are often tasked with interpreting what they read. How could creating an index card story series that illustrates and reports on the news in their life help to capture a snapshot of current events that builds understanding of themselves, others, and the unusual times they’re living in? Encourage students to explore this idea with this Thinking Sheet.
This Intentional Writing Framework uses visuals as springboards and asks writers to plan the intent, intended audience, voice, and then to pick a genre. Have students select a piece of art and then use this Thinking Sheet to create their story!
What genre could students use to use to tell their personal story? How might portrait images inspire different stories? Visual and written literacy work together to create a powerful narrative in this Thinking Sheet for students.
In the digital era reading visuals for meaning is key to effective communication. Use this Thinking Sheet with your students to explore what visual literacy is, why it is important, and how sketches, drawings, and three-dimensional models help make thinking visible.
When students imagine themselves with super powers, some of the “super” confidence and optimism rubs off and shapes their behavior. Using this thinking sheet, students imagine themselves as a superhero, then illustrate a story line that shows the special powers and problems this new superhero solves.
Use this Thinking Sheet to start a conversation with students around when they felt really proud of something they created. What was it? What inspired them? Why did they feel proud? How might teachers and family members help boost their creative confidence?
How does creative confidence influence your education and success? Use this Thinking Sheet to discuss why people need to be creative thinkers who have creative confidence.