Critical and Creative Thinking Program
> Used as a fast finisher activity
> In contrast to busy book work or quiet reading.
> Weekly Questions
> Prompting questions and discussion ideas for teachers
> Meets ACARA Critical and Creative thinking skills
I set these activities up every Monday morning. I explain to the students the weekly activity and use this time to get through any questions they might have. I really encourage creative freedom and let them explore the possibilities and push the boundaries. After all, It is critical and creative thinking. I purchased books for my students that were blank scrap books from Officeworks for 30c a book.
The students present their ideas on Friday and are provided 30-40 seconds to present their designs to the class. (Not a lot of time, it is good practice for them to speak clearly and quickly, precise with what they'd like to talk about). Works wonders for the ones that don't like the spot light as they're talking quickly and about something they have created.
I find students when completing work, ask to do critical and creative thinking in contrast of computer time, iPad time or reading quietly in the corner. It's absolutely amazing for your gifted students as they come up with some amazing things.
I make sure I provide whole class time once or twice a week to allow everyone to spend quality time on their designs.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.