LMU Extension introduces: “Implementing Creative Projects in Literacy (Grades 6-12)”
Our students will be entering a world and job market that is full of unforeseen challenges that require brand new solutions. We can’t teach them the answers to unknown problems; we can only teach them how to think creatively, so they can strategically approach and effectively address these challenges as they arise. Creativity is so important that it is embedded in many of the local, state, and national standards we use in our schools, including the Common Core and the Partnership for 21st Century Learning Framework.
In this course, we will explore the connection between literacy and creativity to better understand how students can effectively articulate their ideas, collaborate, and communicate with each other. To become successful participants in society, students must learn to understand others’ ideas while clearly expressing their own through reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Creative expression and creative thinking are tools that can help students develop these skills while also motivating them to engage in learning. By the end of the course, you will be equipped with best practices for developing and implementing creative literacy projects that integrate visual art, dance, music, and theater; tips for offering constructive feedback that scaffolds students’ thinking; and strategies that allow students to make choices and pursue inquiry independently.