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.
Interpretations of creative expressions are always interesting. Just ask a dozen people about a painting or a song and you'll get a dozen perspectives -- or more! This is because an interpretation is part of an entire process. Just think: there's the artist, the inspiration, the medium of the art, the art piece itself, the context in which it was created, the interpreter, the interpreter's background and experiences, and the circumstances in which the art is being seen or experienced. All of these influence the overall interpretation of what that piece of art "means" -- at least, to that interpreter on that occasion.
As a teacher, I don't think the important aspect of all this is whether students get an interpretation "right" or not. There are always multiple "right" answers, but I want my students to be able to justify their ideas, share their explanations, and come to understand that other people can see or experience the same exact thing but come to a very different interpretation. And that's fine! Encouraged even! It's what makes us different and provides us with opportunities for empathy and greater shared understandings.
Creative Thinking Cards
A difficult task available in the cards is interpreting the images. Most of the curated images can anchor excellent dialogue for Socratic Seminar. However, interpretation involves both creative and critical thinking and may require a group of students working in harmony. In my more than twenty of experience facilitating seminars on artwork, I know that viable interpretations take hard work, dedication, and often a lot of time.