Last year I was fortunate to be able to receive my gifted endorsement, and even though I'm not technically a gifted teacher I have to say that the endorsement program was some of the best professional development that I've experienced. It was a lot of work, but it was definitely worth the time. One piece of the course that really interested me was the portion on creative thinking. To be honest, I didn't initially give creative thinking a second thought because I didn't see the importance or relevance of it for my regular education classroom. However, as the course continued my attitude changed and I have since become very excited about finding ways to develop my students' creative thinking skills. I have combined several of the questioning strategies we learned about to create creative thinking booklets for my students. I first used the booklets during December of last year and wasn't really sure how my students would respond, and I was surprised to learn that they LOVED writing in the books. I'm talking about students asking me 100 times a day "When can we write in our books?" I haven't done this yet with my new group, so I'm excited to see their reaction. I will use this for part of our morning work (we have students trickle in over the span of 30 minutes). I just finished a creative thinking book for October that you can download for your classroom, and I'll share more when I get them ready-just click on the cover of the book.
I've had this ready to share for a couple of days, but I had the hardest time converting my Word booklet to a PDF that printed correctly. I think I finally have it worked out, so I thought I'd share what I did in case anyone else ever has the same problem. I ended up reformatting the book so that it was NOT in booklet format in Word. It is just a basic Word document. Then I saved it as a PDF (I had to download the updated version of Adobe X). After I saved it as a PDF, I selected 'Booklet Printing' from the 'Page Scaling' drop down menu. It now seems so easy, but this was really a stretch for me!
I just found a creative writing linky party at Minds in Bloom, so you can go there for other writing ideas.