Saturday, October 1, 2011

Halloween Creative Thinking

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.


Runde's Room said...

Thank-you so much! LOVE this - and so will my students - so many great activities.

Runde's Room

Lindsay said...

WOW this is so awesome. Thanks for sharing. I will be printing this for some of my GT friends to work on in class.

The Lilly Pad said...

Thank you so much for being willing to share your creativity with others. The things you make are so clever and cute too! I love coming and checking out your blog! You're amazing!

Matt and Chelsea said...

That is awesome! I just started following your blog and am so excited about checking it all the time. I now own a dance studio but am going to start my education journey to becoming a teacher this January!! I can't wait to begin teaching and I love all your cute ideas. Thank you so much for sharing : )

Ashleigh said...

Thank you all so much! I'm so glad that you'll be able to use this!

Kim said...

This is great!
I think my students will really enjoy this.
Looking forward to the next "installment."


Mrs. S said...

Wow!!!! I LOVE your creative thinking writing prompts, they are Wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing these!

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