This powerful 50-card deck of Creative Thinking Cards will provide hours of inspiration for individual and classroom activities. Included with the deck is a 42-page instructional booklet with dozens of ideas about how to use the cards, from simply forming groups to incorporating randomness to complex combinations that will spark the imagination. This card deck is incredibly useful for all artistic endeavors, especially creative writing, poetry, journaling, and storytelling. Teachers will find them particularly useful since they were designed by a teacher with classroom activities in mind.
Charles Fischer has taught in public and private schools in a variety of settings, from rural Maine to inner city Atlanta. In the past 20 years, he has worked with a wide range of students from 4th grade to AP English and has been nominated for Teacher of the Year four times. He has his Master’s degree in Teaching & Learning from the University of Southern Maine, and received his B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from Binghamton University. His latest book, The Power of the Socratic Classroom, has won four awards, including the NIEA Best Education Book. His first novel, Beyond Infinity, won a 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award bronze medal (YA fiction). His areas of expertise are Socratic Seminar, Active Listening, Inquiry, Teaching & Learning, and Critical & Creative Thinking. He is currently working on a book of poetry, a short story collection, and several novels.
Although there are arguably many types of thinking, (like Bloom's Taxonomy, Webb's Depth of Knowledge, Gardner's Multiple Intelligences), I often consider these two to be the most fundamental. Creative thinking expands options, and critical thinking reduces options.Creative thinking has no rules, while critical thinking applies rules.
Both are needed, especially "in the real world." This is because, on the one hand, we want to create something entirely new, but on the other, it has to appeal to an audience and be marketable. We want to break barriers, but might need to follow some of the conventions.
Often people are very good at one or the other, which is why, for example, a lot of authors have to hire editors. Both can be practiced and improved.
Creative Thinking Cards
Fundamentally, creative thinking is generating options, while critical thinking is analytical evaluation. These two work in harmony: the one producing new ideas and possibilities, the other discerning, analyzing, and critiquing.