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Cultivating Curiosity and Creativity in the Classroom

Graduate-Level Credit / Non-Credit Hours
3 Semester Credits or 45 Clock Hours

Course Description

Participants in this course will examine methodologies to facilitate the growth of curiosity and creativity in their students.  Participants will learn how developing a classroom culture of curiosity and creativity can foster engaged and effective learning.  Research suggests that increasing curiosity and creativity in a classroom can lead to a more student-centered classroom.  Techniques to develop curiosity and creativity that leads to student engagement and achievement will be researched and explored.  Foundational work in this course will include the research on developing creativity and curiosity strategies from simple to complex, lesson planning, and using project-based learning to enhance the classroom. Participants will synthesize these paradigms and leave the course with a better understanding of how to assess and develop creative and curious thought in their students, improve classroom culture through use of innovative strategies, develop an expertise in their own classroom to foster a creative environment, and foster the growth of curious learners to solve problems creatively.

Global Goals of the Course

  1. To examine current research in the area of best practice to develop curious and creative thinking students (NBPTS 3,4)
  2. To develop an understanding of the need for effective teaching strategies to develop creative and curious students in today’s classroom (NBPTS 1,3,4)
  3. To analyze current creative/curious instructional practices in order to create engaged practices to better support student learning (NBPTS 1,3,4)
  4. To explore possible applications of problem-based solving teaching models in the classroom (NBPTS 1,2,3,4)
  5. To explore research-proven methods of lesson plan development that leads to creative and independent learning in the classroom (NBTS 1,2,3,4)
  6. To synthesize best practice in creative and curious relevant teaching research and classroom applications (NBPTS 2,3,4)


By Maureen Szostak
Reviewed 10 months ago
This class reintroduced me to the ideas of creativity and curiosity, and being aware of cultivating them in my classes every day. We tend to forgot about curiosity and assume it's happening. When it's encourage and supported, it's a stronger learning environment....and kids are more engaged!

By Kevin Young
Reviewed 1 year ago
Great program for busy teachers/coaches/parents!

By Allison Murphy
Reviewed 1 year ago
Great instructor! I've taken numerous courses with this instructor and I continue to enjoy each class!

By Jessica Lee
Reviewed 1 year ago
I appreciate that you offer online self-paced classes. It works really well with my schedule.

By Aaron Press
Reviewed 11 months ago
Instructor was phenomenal and provided a wonderful course. The instructor provided great materials for us to use throughout the class and thoughtful commentary and suggestions throughout the course. I would highly recommend any class offered by Paul Wright.

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Ongoing Enrollment

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Online structured courses are delivered within our online classroom and available within a specific scheduled time window with your instructor.

11/21/22 - 12/18/22 Online
Nov 21 – Dec 18, 2022

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Site based courses are delivered on site in certain locations during a specific date range with a live instructor.

Interactive courses are delivered via Zoom at specific times with a live instructor.

11/28/22 - 12/27/22
Nov 28 – Dec 27, 2022
Zoom Meetings will be on Wednesdays (Nov 30, Dec 07, 14, 21, 2022 ) from 5:00pm – 6:30pm Central Time.