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Creativity, the Thread of the 5 C's

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Monday, June 24, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
Location: 204C

Danielle Abernethy   Anne Truger  
In the real world, we communicate and use critical thinking skills as we problem solve and collaborating with fellow citizens. Creativity is the thread that helps pull these C's together as we coach, teach and explore as the teacher and learner. Come learn how to tie it all together.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Google Apps, Wixie, and other apps will be shared, but are truly not the focus of the session. Any activity we share will have multiple resources students may select from, which goes back to empowering students to choose the tool for their learning outcome. Since we are setting this up as a lecture or a poster, examples will be shared and explored.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Creativity and productivity tools
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: Language arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Coach teachers in and model use of online and blended learning, digital content, and collaborative learning networks to support and extend student learning as well as expand opportunities and choices for online professional development for teachers and administrators.
For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.
For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Authentic learning with real world applications and problems in any subject to help reduce the anxiety and empower the students in a positive way is the goal that we are reaching this year. The 5 C's are used to help drive a focus, and during the development of these lessons that could be taught with any group of students, creativity stood out as the thread that held them together. Whether it was to help students collaborate or critically analyze and problem solve, creativity was needed. This session will share lessons, which apps we had the most success with, and samples of the students work. It is our goal to share our work to inspire others.


I. Introduction of Presenters
A. Anne Truger
B. Danielle Abernethy
II. The 5 C's and How We Use Them
A. Critical Thinking - learning to solve problems
B. Communication - how to share ideas and even compromise
C. Collaboration - working with varied team members
D. Citizenship - of the class, school, town, state, nation, world and the net
E. Creativity - how this is the thread that ties it all together.
F. Addressing other Cs - Compassion, courage, constraint,
III. Favorite Activities that met the 5 C's: For each activity:
A. The lesson and how it met the 5 C's
B. Samples from students
C. Apps that were used
IV. Additional Resources
V. Q&A

Supporting research

Mathematical Mindset:

The 5th C:

Educating the 5 C's:

Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching 1st Edition by Jo Boaler (Author)

Education is a Time Machine:

Creative Instructional Design and Cognitive Complexity:

Mathematics Best Practices for an Elementary Classroom:

7 Ways to Cultivate Creativity in Your Classroom:

Creativity from Two Perspectives: Prospective
Mathematics Teachers and Mathematician:

Making in Math:

What does Good Math Instruction Look Like:

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Danielle Abernethy, Private Contractor
Anne Truger, Truger Tech Talk, LLC

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