Thinking Differently in the Science Classroom: Moving Beyond Charts and Slogans to Encourage Creativity

Saturday, November 11
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: 207 A

Many gifted students exhibit characteristics such as productivity, persistence, imagination, concern for the future, curiosity, and independent thought -- characteristics often used to describe creative thinkers and scientists. Using the Learning Progressions from the Next Generation Science Standards as they relate to NAGC’s Pre-K-12 Programming Standards, this session demonstrates how to infuse creativity into the teaching of science to address the learning needs of gifted students. Sample lessons and ideas that integrate creativity and science are the focus. Lessons and templates for creating these lessons are shared.

Cheryll M. Adams

Director Emerita
Center for Gifted Studies & Talent Development Ball State University

Cheryll M. Adams, Ph. D. (University of Virginia) in Educational Psychology, emphasis in gifted education, is the Director Emerita of the Center for Gifted Studies and Talent Development at Ball State University. She served two years as the Director of Academic Life, Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities and has a fifteen-year background in teaching science and math in both public and private schools. She teaches courses on gifted education for the University of Virginia, and has presented widely at local, state, national and international conferences. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of NAGC and serves on several NAGC committees. She is currently the Chair of the NAGC Professional Standards Committee. In 2002 she received the NAGC Early Leader Award and in 2014 the Distinguished Service Award. She is a Past President of the Indiana Association for the Gifted and Past President of The Association for the Gifted, a division of the Council for Exceptional Children. She has many publications, including 12 co-authored books, 19 book chapters, and numerous articles. She is an NCATE SPA reviewer and auditor. She received BSU’s Outstanding Administrative Service Award, the Colby Award for contributions to Education from Sigma Kappa National Sorority, the Vivian Conley Award from the city of Muncie, IN, two service awards from IAG in 2003 & 2007, and the IAG Leadership Award in 1998. She has written 39 grants and received 35 ranging from $500 to 2.8 million. She was the co-author, the Project Director, and a PI of Project GATE, Project CLUE, and Project CLUE-Plus, three large federal Jacob K. Javits grants that she received while at BSU. She was on the writing team for the NAGC book on the CCSS-Math and is the co-author of the two NAGC books on the NGSS.


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Rebecca S. Harrison

Assistant Professor
University of Virginia


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