Critical Thinking and CreativityCreating Problem Solvers and Innovators
Critical ThinkingWhen students learn to analyze information they are able to gain a deeper understanding of ideas.
Moving Beyond the Page challenges students to think critically by learning to
- compare and contrast ideas,
- provide reasoning for their thinking,
- evaluate situations,
- evaluate others' ideas, and
- think independently.
Creative ThinkingCreativity is much more than the ability to draw a pretty picture. Creative students exhibit fluency (generating many ideas), flexibility (shifting perspective easily), and originality (conceiving of something new).
Creativity is what our children need to become problem-solvers and innovators. Creativity is what sets apart those who are book-smart from those who are innovators, inventors, and designers. Not every bright child is highly creative, but every child benefits from being taught to think creatively and practice creativity.
Moving Beyond the Page encourages creativity by asking students to
- apply ideas to different contexts,
- create exciting products,
- develop stories and personal narratives,
- use their imaginations to answer mind-boggling questions,
- think of unique ideas, and
- think of inventive ways to solve problems.