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.
Creating links is the whole idea behind metaphors and similes. When we link two things together, especially when they seem unrelated, we create meaning. In other words, we are being creative. By practicing creative thinking, we can become better at generating ideas and options. We can then apply critical thinking to eliminate those options to find viable solutions. But we need the creative thinking first. A good link will bring us into unfamiliar territory where we can discover whole new realms of ideas.
Creative Thinking Cards
This linking process explains why randomness is so valuable. The more random, the more unrelated two things seem, the harder it is to connect them in meaningful ways. In addition, random linkages force us outside of our habitual thinking patterns. Because of this newness in thinking, it is important to suspend judgments and criticisms. We can always apply critical thinking later in considering how appropriate and applicable those ideas are.