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.
A great many outlier ideas seem disconnected from the classroom process or dialogue. This is often because creative ideas appear "out of nowhere" without logical, sequential antecedent steps. When this happens, make sure to ask questions that will connect the current ideas to the process, so that everyone can follow the relevance:
"Where did that idea come from?" or "Where in the text did you get that idea?" or "Walk us backward, how does that connect to what we've been saying?"
Creative Thinking Cards
Most creative ideas are initially misunderstood and under-appreciated. Just look at the history of art movements or scientific discoveries for evidence. In school, many students are unwilling to share their outlier ideas because of how they are critically received. We need these breakthrough ideas, however, because they often lead to entirely new paradigms.