ERIC Number: EJ1096618
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Creative Endeavors: Inspiring Creativity in a First Grade Classroom
Cress, Susan W.; Holm, Daniel T.
Early Childhood Education Journal, v44 n3 p235-243 May 2016
With an emphasis on high-stakes testing and a focused curriculum, it would seem at times, the joy of creativity is missing from the classroom. This article describes a curricular approach the children named "Creative Endeavors", as implemented by a first grade teacher. The approach is described in three phases. In the exploratory stage the children were presented with various media, made requests for additional materials, and explored different forms of expression. In the second phase the children made choices based on interests, and typically worked with others in a spirit of collaboration with an emphasis on the process of the project as well as affective responses. In the final phase of intentional planning, children began to independently design, construct, and take responsibility for their project working alone or with others. Phases are intended to provide a blueprint for other teachers to explore creative endeavors in the classroom. Children in this project communicated through various media including sewing, photography, and drama. Through collaborating with peer and choosing projects, the children became authentically engaged in the various classroom experiences. Although the curricular approach was intended to foster creativity, in each phase writing about their projects became a natural and critical element in the process. Children wrote about their experiences, the steps they took to take part in the process, why they chose it, and reflected upon the projects undertaken.
Descriptors: Creativity, Early Childhood Education, Grade 1, Elementary School Students, Instructional Materials, Student Interests, Cooperative Learning, Intention, Student Participation, Student Projects, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Grade 1; Primary Education; Elementary Education
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