Power Up Your Creative Mind.
Power Up Your Creative Mind
Kathy Frazier & Elaine Reynolds
Pieces of Learning
1990 Market Road, Marion, IL 62959
9781937113636, $24.95, 208pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Learning and innovation skills increasingly are being recognized as those that separate students who are prepared for a more complex life and work environment in the 21st century from those who are not prepared. The Framework for 21st Century Learning developed a holistic vision of 21st Century teaching to effectively educate and prepare students for the challenges of the future. Mastering common core standards in the content areas forms the knowledge basis and the following skills from P21 (Critical Thinking & Problem Solving, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity & Innovation.) can, at the same time, be integrated into curriculum. "Power Up Your Creative Mind" guides you in the preparation of the classroom environment and the integration of the elements of creativity into the content lessons that are aligned to the common core standards using: Creative connections; Multiple pathways to learning; Innovative instructional strategies that engage students in 21st Century Learning; and Responsive learning environments that value creativity and innovation. Over 100 curriculum activities included in "Power Up Your Creative Mind) specifically address such topics as: Creating a Responsive Learning Environment; Understanding Brain Power and Brain Dominance; Relaxation Strategies; Visualization Techniques; and Creative Thinking Tools including Brainstorming and SCAMPER.
Critique: An impressively 'user friendly' combination of instructional reference and do-it-yourself workbook, "Power Up Your Creative Mind" is very highly recommended for personal and professional Creative Thinking reading lists, seminar, and workshop curriculums.