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Igniting Creativity in Gifted Learners, K-6

Igniting Creativity in Gifted Learners, K-6
Strategies for Every Teacher

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October 2008 | 344 pages | Corwin
Enrich learning outcomes for gifted students through proven creativity strategies!

Written by experienced teachers, this resource helps elementary school teachers use creativity strategies to enhance gifted students' learningùto stimulate higher level thinking, discovery and invention. The book includes chapters on reading, writing, social studies, mathematics, science, and the arts; incorporates technology where appropriate; and answers common questions such as:

How can I best inspire gifted students within my present curriculum?

What creative strategies work best in specific subject areas?

How can I tie creative processes to specific learning outcomes?

How do I determine the effectiveness of a creative strategy?

How can I encourage my students to explore new avenues for thinking and learning?

About the Authors
About the Contributors
1. Creativity: A Gift for the Gifted
2. Making Creativity Work: Practical Suggestions by Classroom Teachers
3. Literacy Strategies: Reading and Writing
4. Social Studies Strategies
5. Science Strategies
6. Mathematics Strategies
7. Strategies in the Arts
8. Discovering Your Own Creativity

"Contains priceless examples of teachers sharing their particular expertise on how to bring creativity and excitement back to our classrooms. Best of all, the strategies are integrated with required standards."

Susan Winebrenner, Author and Staff Development Specialist
Education Consulting Service, Inc.

"This book has a tremendous number of exciting ideas for developing and enhancing the creativity of gifted learners in kindergarten through sixth grade. Teachers from across the country have contributed to this outstanding volume. A must for every dedicated teacher."

Frances A. Karnes, Professor of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
University of Southern Mississippi

"Filled with practical strategies to ignite creativity in classrooms. Teachers will discover multiple ways to foster their students’ creativity. The strategies are applicable in all content areas, so this is a valuable resource for all teachers."

Julia Roberts, Mahurin Professor of Gifted Studies, Western Kentucky University
Executive Director, The Center for Gifted Studies

"There are many books that establish the importance of providing creative, stimulating learning experiences, but here is a book that provides strategies for exactly how that can be done. Smutny has brought together a group of creative and exciting teachers who present in clear, usable ways the ideas and strategies that could and should be used in every classroom."

Barbara Clark, Professor Emeritus
California State University, Los Angeles

"The most exciting and significant book about creative teaching to come out in gifted education in the last 25 years."

Jerry Flack, Professor Emeritus of Education and President's Teaching Scholar
University of Colorado

Joan Franklin Smutny

Joan Franklin Smutny is founder and director of the Center for Gifted, a Northern Illinois University Partner. She directs programs for thousands of bright, talented, and gifted children in the Chicago area annually. She also teaches creative writing in many of these programs as well as courses on gifted education for graduate students at the university level. She is editor of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children Journal, contributing editor of Understanding Our Gifted, and a regular contributor to the Gifted Education Communicator, Parenting for High Potential, and the Gifted Education Press Quarterly. Smutny has authored, co... More About Author

Sarah E. von Fremd

S.E. von Fremd is an independent scholar, writer, and editor with a background in education, cultural studies, and dance. She performed with the Never Stop Moving Dance Company in Chicago under the direction of Reynaldo Martinez and taught creative dance and theater to children in the city and surrounding areas. Her interest in creativity and culture eventually led her to do a doctorate in performance studies at Northwestern University. This included a year’s research in Uganda, where she focused on the role of popular theater and dance in reviving cultural identity and educating children and young people throughout the country. She has... More About Author

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