Kindling Creativity: Nurturing Your Child's Creative Traits

Friday, November 10
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: 201 B

What do Beatrix Potter, J.K. Rowling, E.O. Wilson, Jim Henson, Rachel Carson, and Gregor Mendel have in common? They all engaged in similar activities in their childhoods, and these activities contributed heavily to their creativity. Join us and learn about these activities, including imaginative play, journaling, drawing, experiencing nature, experimenting, and collecting, and gather ideas and strategies (and a lengthy list of resources) for facilitating your child’s engagement in them. We show you how to incorporate these activities organically into your children's lives to nurture their creativity in fun and natural ways.

Elizabeth C. Fairweather

Adjunct Instructor
University of South Florida

Elizabeth has over 20 years of experience in education, having in public elementary, middle and high schools, working with students ranging from pre-K to grade 12. In addition to K-12 teaching, she is currently teaching courses in the online gifted education graduate program at The University of South Florida and has taught a variety of graduate courses in gifted education at The University of Georgia. She is the author and/or coauthor of articles and book chapters on gifted education and creativity and has presented on these topics at numerous state and national conferences. Elizabeth earned her National Board Certification in 2004 and her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (Gifted/Creative Education) from The University of Georgia in 2011. She earned her undergraduate degree in history from The College of William and Mary in 1986.


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Thomas Fairweather

Educational Consultant

Tommy Fairweather is a retired teacher of the gifted with over forty years of experience. She is currently an educational consultant and researcher. She earned BS from Mary Harden Baylor in Belton, TX. At Auburn University, she earned her Master’s Degree in the area of Gifted Education. She her Ed.D from Samford University In Birmingham, AL. Being a military wife, Tommy taught in many school systems in USA, but she became an administrator in an elementary school in Hoover, AL During her retired years, she has served as a consultant to parents and teachers of gifted children. She volunteered as a math tutor at a local elementary school in Santa Rosa Beach Florida. She presents in state and national gifted conferences and also in reading and writing conferences. She served as the President of the board of the Tree House Montessori School in Santa Rosa Beach.


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