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Ready. Set. FAIL! Cultivate Creativity Through Risk-Taking and Failure

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Location: Room 275-6
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Participate and share : Interactive session

Carl Hooker  
Risk-taking and failure can be great ways to stimulate creativity in the classroom. During this very interactive session, we'll go through a series of activities designed to help students activate the creative side of their brain. Come prepared to move, think and leave your inhibitions at the door!

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Participant accounts, software and other materials: All resources will be web-based
Topic: Science of Learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
  • Establish trusting and respectful coaching relationships that encourage educators to explore new instructional strategies.
For Educators:
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.
  • Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Attendees of this session will achieve the following:

- Discuss and Identify the brain science behind barriers to creativity in the classroom.
- Consider and explain how risk-taking and failure can cultivate creativity in ALL learners.
- Participate and evaluate in various activities to embrace failure and risk-taking in the classroom.


Introduction of brain science around brain plasticity and opening activity - 10 min
Participation and reflection in 5 different risk-taking activities - 40 min
Discussion and reflection on how to implement this mindset into the classroom - 10 min.

Supporting research

List of risk-taking/brain resources - https://mrhook.it/brain
Ready. Set. FAIL! - book - (Publishing later this fall)
It's Time to Make Learning Fun Again, Even for Adults - https://www.edutopia.org/blog/make-learning-fun-for-adults-carl-hooker

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Carl Hooker, HookerTech LLC

Carl Hooker is an educational consultant and speaker from Austin, TX. He spent 10 years building a successful 1:1 and now consults districts striving for high quality blended learning. He is a former teacher and administrator and has written 6 books on mobile learning as well as being a named a National Faculty Member for Future Ready Schools. He hosts two podcasts (ISTE’s Learning UnLeashed and The UnDisruptED podcast) and an online course called The Remote Learning Coach for schools and districts looking for assistance when it comes to remote and hybrid learning. For full bio go to https://CarlHooker.com

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