Curriculum Writers’ Cadre

WHAT IS CREATIVE TEACHING?  WHY DOES IT WORK?

Creative Teaching is an innovative instructional approach that is differentiated by having students:

  • create physical or mental models
  • generate ideas
  • analyze and synthesize
  • transfer contexts and translate symbol systems
  • add their point of view

during the instruction task design.

The research suggests students using these strategies are more engaged and their depth of understanding is increased and more durable. In Austin ISD, students of teachers using these techniques are twice as likely to pass STAAR reading and science.

Below are several strategies to help students build academic skills through creative teaching:

IGNITE YOUR CREATIVITY 

SKILL

RECOMMENDED CLI STRATEGIES*

*Strategies may be used anywhere in the lesson cycle

GRADE LEVEL

Vocabulary

Donkey

PK-5

6-8

9-12

Statues

PK-5

6-8

9-12

Idea & Movement

PK-5

 

 

Model Making

PK-5

6-8

9-12

Process/Sequence/Cycle

Composition

2-5

6-8

9-12

Build a Phrase

PK-5

 

 

Machine

1-5

6-8

9-12

Inferencing

Predicting


Drawing Conclusions

Art Talk

PK-5

6-8

9-12

Stage Picture

PK-5

6-8

9-12

Problem Solving


Perspective Taking


Real World Connections

Town Hall Meeting

3-12

6-8

9-12

Hot Seating

PK-5

6-8

9-12

Review Facts

Alphabet Relay

3-12

6-8

9-12

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