Lighting Up Gifted Learners with Creative Challenges

Friday, November 10
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: 202 A

Top education experts such as Sir Ken Robinson, Robert Sternberg, and Joseph Renzulli have called for a paradigm shift in schools: Encourage students’ natural talents by infusing creativity into classrooms. Despite this call for creative thinking in schools, current emphasis on critical thinking skills leaves creativity in the shadows. Join us as we “light up gifted learners” with strategies to enhance creativity and provide a challenge for students to think differently. Scenarios presented as creative challenges for students provide the backdrop for strategies such as application of divergent thinking skills, creative problem solving, synectics, and creative dramatics. Add the spark to ignite creativity by shining a light on creative challenges!

Patti Wood

Professor, Gifted Education
Samford University

Dr. Patti Wood is an associate professor in gifted education at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. She completed her doctorate in special education with emphasis in gifted at the University of Alabama. Her research interests include reading instruction for gifted/talented readers, differentiation, creativity, and curriculum for gifted/high ability learners. She serves on the board of the Alabama Association for Gifted Children and as university liaison and the conference program chair.


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