3. How do I plan opportunities for creativity and critical thinking?

teacher self-assessmentAs you continue your teacher self-assessment, this question may have you thinking about standards that specifically emphasize a “thinking curriculum.” Were you successful in teaching your students to not only understand, but analyze information taught? Did you let your students take the lead in creating an art project or choosing an idea for a group project based on a book read in class? Looking forward in your teacher assessment, encourage group discussion so students learn how others think. Give them the opportunity to connect a classroom lesson to a current event or situation. Encourage them to compare and contrast current events and history lessons, or a math lesson with the one learned in the last chapter. Too often we focus on covering the standards and forget that creativity and critical thinking are essential to any successful classroom.