From the 3 R’s to the 4 C’s: Developing Creative Thinkers for the 21st Century

Saturday, November 11
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: 208 B

Factors that made for a creative, educated, and wise person in prehistoric times, or even in the early 1900s, are not the essentials our gifted students need today. Compare the Three R’s of yesteryear to the 21st century’s Four C’s. Discover ways to develop in-depth creative thinking by infusing Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Critical Thinking into your classroom. In this session, you will learn several practical strategies that go beyond brainstorming and divergent thinking to more in-depth creative thinking. Learn ways to show students how to analyze and synthesize a multitude of information and ideas so as to create new and unique writing, art forms, and products.

Carolyn Coil

Educational Consultant and Author
Pieces of Learning

Carolyn is an internationally known speaker, educator and author known for her energy, enthusiasm, practical knowledge and down-to-earth presentation style. She works with teachers, parents and administrators offering realistic and user-friendly strategies for raising achievement, working with gifted students, developing creative and critical thinking skills, motivating underachievers, differentiating curriculum, and assessing student performance. She has taught graduate level Gifted Endorsement courses for over 20 years.

Carolyn is the author of many educational books and resources published by Pieces of Learning in the United States and Hawker Brownlow Education in Australia.She is also the author of several journal articles and chapters in books. Her book, Creativity x 4 won the 2013 TAGT Legacy Award for Curriculum. She presents online courses through Public Consulting Group, Inc.., Responsive Learning and GT Ignite.

She has presented hundreds of workshops, keynotes and other presentations for teachers, administrators, and parents in schools and school districts throughout the United States and in Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Spain, Germany, the Marshall Islands, South Korea, Bermuda, Hong Kong, China, Canada, Mexico, Abu Dhabi, Indonesia, the Philippines, India and Ecuador. She has been a featured speaker and keynoter at Gifted conferences in many states as well as at NAGC, the Australasian Gifted Conference, the New Zealand Gifted Conference and at the World Conference for Gifted and Talented.

Carolyn is both the parent and grandparent of gifted children so her perspecitve is not only that of an educator but also of a parent.


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