ERIC Number: EJ1026481
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Reference Count: 28
Promoting Creativity in the Middle Grades Language Arts Classroom
Batchelor, Katherine E.; Bintz, William P.
Middle School Journal (J3), v45 n1 p3-11 Sep 2013
Middle level educators around the country aim to create a classroom environment and a way of teaching that is developmentally responsive, challenging, empowering, and equitable for every student. One way to ensure this is to include instruction that promotes creativity. This article offers guiding principles and shares instructional lessons that can assist teachers in promoting creativity in the language arts classroom. The authors begin by identifying different definitions of creativity. They discuss the importance of creativity and describe defining characteristics and behaviors of creative thinkers. Next, they offer guiding principles to promote creativity in the middle grades language arts classroom, share instructional lessons that reflect these principles, and present samples of student work that resulted. The authors end with final thoughts on promoting creativity in middle level education.
Descriptors: Creativity, Classroom Environment, Teaching Methods, Language Arts, Creative Thinking, Middle School Students, Student Diversity, Learning Activities, Cooperation, Cooperative Learning, Cognitive Style, Middle School Teachers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
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