Teaching Outside the Lines
Developing Creativity in Every Learner
- Doug Johnson - Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Schools
Classroom Applications of Technology | Developing pedagogy | Teaching Methods & Learning Styles
Make Creativity The Core Of The Curriculum!
Ignoring creativity is a crisis-in-waiting. But in today’s economy, the ability to think independently and innovatively is no longer a “nice extra”—it’s a survival skill.
This book addresses the difficulties of integrating real creativity into the curriculum, and delivers surefire strategies for equipping learners across all grades and subjects with the motivation and critical thinking skills to thrive in a high-tech future.
- Why “one right answer” instruction paradigms discourage critical thinking and risk-taking
- Why using the latest technology does not equate to teaching creatively
- Projects and Prompts that ask “So what does this mean in the classroom today?”
Don’t wait another day to begin teaching your students this valuable skill. With this book, you’ll turn your classroom into a hotbed of creativity populated by tomorrow’s innovators.
"Creativity is the job of the future. Failure to recognize this importance will render schools irrelevant. We must encourage creativity in schools. This book does an excellent job of demonstrating the need and providing examples and thinking points to help educators get there."
This book is a well-designed resource for busy teachers and administrators. Classroom creativity is essential for lifelong success, and the author develops a compelling argument to teaching students how to do more than respond to standardized test questions. Appropriate for team discussions at every school level and even for parent groups, the clear discussions and practical tips can be used to increase student performance and give students the skills they will use all their lives.
In Teaching Outside the Lines, Doug Johnson offers a succinct, incisive look at fostering creativity in the classroom. He nimbly weaves the value of inspiring creativity with the necessity of teaching craftsmanship (content knowledge, skills, and practice). With well-researched reasoning, practical examples, and insightful questions, Johnson engages readers in thoughtful reflection about educational purpose and methodology. I have long been a fan of Doug Johnson’s funny, down-to-earth, sensible writing, but I think this may be his best book yet.
Doug Johnson’s book is a masterpiece of ingenuity. He insightfully makes a strong case of the need for a focus on creativity in our schools. His solidly presented approach is a critically important antidote for children who are currently taught that what is most important in life is bubble sheets. Children are natural explorers and are innately creative. It is time to bring back a focus on creativity in our schools. Doug’s book provides solid guideposts for how to accomplish this.
Doug Johnson writes passionately and articulately about the need for creativity in learning, life, and our approach to education. In a world of standardized testing, he reminds that what the world needs from employees and citizens in very practical terms is the ability to think and respond to situations with as much creativity as the job demands, particularly when it comes to using technology to amplify creative thought.