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.
As educators, we often talk about helping students to think better. In my experience, the majority of the time people talk about critical thinking as the end goal. But obviously critical thinking has to be based on something useful to analyze or discuss. That's where the importance of creative thinking comes in. The overly simplified idea is this: creative thinking can generate ideas - often too many ideas. It's critical thinking that can then filter out ideas based on criteria, leaving a few ideas that could be viable. If a critical thinking analysis suggests an idea is not viable, then creative thinking can create additional solutions.
The two work in harmony and perhaps always should. Too often creative thinking is undervalued, but it is creativity that will offer us the widest variety of options to work with. I find all too many decisions are made from a narrow band of possibilities, leaving only a mediocre range of solutions.
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.