Overcoming Obstacles Facing Creative Thinkers
We have created five short (25 minutes or less) mini-lessons adapted for high school students to help them to identify and dismantle obstacles that hinder their development as creative thinkers. Designed for the results-oriented, but time-pressed educator who is often overwhelmed by standards and various decision-makers who all have the students’ best interests in mind, each lesson plan includes:
- Detailed instructions
- Adaptations based on the specific learning environment and class size
- Resource links
- At least one additional/optional assignment to extend the learning
Our experience as teachers, trainers, coaches, consultants, and parents of teenagers has taught us that a focused approach with an easy-to-integrate framework is effective when developing creative thinking skills. Often called just-in-time training or spot coaching, this approach makes the most of a teachable moment by focusing on one obstacle that prevents a student from engaging to the best of their abilities.
With the help of practical tools and activities that reinforce positive results and generate quick performance gains, students increase their awareness, confidence, and capacity for reflection and learning.
Lesson Included in Downloadable PDF
- Embracing Failure as part of the Creative Process
- Group Think: Halo Effect & Bandwagon Effect
- Identifying & Dismantling your Saboteur
- Reducing Fear of Being Wrong
- Shifting Perspectives
Allison Elvekrog, executive coach, facilitator, and leadership consultant.
Sarah Jensen, consultant, facilitator, entrepreneur, and teacher